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Forces' housing scheme ready

President Mahinda Rajapaksa will ceremonially hand over the largest housing scheme Rajapura Ipallogama village to the Armed Forces on November 22. Addressing the media yesterday at the Media Centre for National Security, Defence Ministry Additional Secretary Willie Gamage said under the Mahinda Chintana a 50,000 housing project was set up by President Rajapaksa and Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa for the Armed Forces. "Rajapura Ipallogama village will be the first phase of the housing project.

The Rajapura Ipallogama housing village is located near Kalawewa in the Anuradhapura district. Around 1,509 houses were built for the Armed Forces with all facilities including a school, hospital, shops, welfare centre, play ground etc. This housing scheme includes much more facilities than the Millennium City housing project.

Gamage asserted that the Rajapura village has marked a historical record. "This housing project is the largest housing project ever constructed by any Government. It was set up on a 180 acres of land with all facilities for the Armed Forces who are currently in the service," he added.

A single housing unit is valued at approximately Rs.2.4 million.

A recipient will have to pay Rs. 800,000 without interest for an eight-year term.

The Government with its four-year term has achieved remarkably what it has promised for the Armed Forces welfare activities. Defence Secretary Rajapaksa had gone to every district to find out about the problems and grievances of the soldiers and their families. Based on that, many welfare activities were carried out by the MoD. Accordingly the Government had given free lands for the Forces to build their houses.

Funds and soft loans were given to members of the forces to complete their uncompleted houses, the MoD working with the Government Ministries plans to build 24,000 houses for the Armed Forces and construct villages in the difficult areas such as the Ipallogama village.

"The Government has given 4,117 lands, 1,992 houses and Rs. 200 million worth of loans without interest to the Armed Forces," he added.

Director General of the MCNS Lakshman Hulugalla said the Government has done an immense service for the welfare of the Armed Forces within five months of the war victory.

 

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