36 houses built for war heroes in Hambantota and Matara have been declared open.
The houses have been built on behalf of soldiers killed and disabled in action and who are already serving in the Security Forces. The project launched by the “Api Venuven Api” fund covers the entire island. 26 houses had been constructed in the Matara district while another 10 had come up in the Hambantota district. President Rajapaksa vested these houses in the war heroes today. Symbolising this process, the President handed over a houses built at the Diviyagalahena area at Moragala in Matara to W.L. Ariyadasa of the Mechanical Infantry Regiment. The handing over of keys of the houses to 24 members of the Army, five members of the Navy and six members of the Air Force took place at the Kiralapana Junior School in Matara. It was presided by the President.
Minister Dulles Alahapperuma said Ayoma Rajapaksa deserves appreciation for her work towards the welfare of the war heroes. The Seva Vanitha Unit was visiting every village and selecting the war heroes who deserve assistance. He pointed out that it was neither a house nor a key that was being given to the war heroes. It is the tribute of the population totaling over 19 million.
Defence Secretary Gothabaya Rajapaksa pointed out that the Security forces do not comprise outsiders. They are their children, brothers, relatives and friends. As such, he urged the nation not to belittle members of the tri-forces. It is only with this concept that they had mooted the “Api Venuven Api” fund.
The prime intention of this housing scheme mooted at the District level is to provide shelter to war heroes who are economically unable to build a house. The Armed Forces are contributing their labour to building the houses. The first stage was launched in the Kandy district while the second stage was implemented in the Kurunegala district. It is the third stage that was launched in the Hambantota and Matara districts.