President Rajapaksa has said that the services discharged by the Government on behalf of the country and the people cannot be stopped through false allegations. He emphasized that the Government had also not neglected the needs of the people.
The President pointed out that they had seen housing schemes in history. The Jana Sevana is a more advanced and new programme. He said a change in the life of a family has been witnessed during a visit to a new home. The President recalled the many letters he had received when he was the Fisheries Minister from children about their feeling after stepping into a new house. Should a family residing in a shanty continue to do everyday. He considered as their responsibility of giving these families, specially the children to live in a better environment and a house. If so the children should be directed to it. They should be not be allowed to live eternally in shanties. Governments were not being established to do so. The Government will be flayed and chastised with the main intention of gaining political mileage. The Government cannot be stopped through such insults and criticisms. The President called for unity sans party and other differences to provide shelter for the homeless.
The President was speaking at the launch of the one million houses project houses project under the Jana Sevana Housing and Habitat Development Drive. The launching of the Housing Project took place at the Mihindupura Flats located at Edmonton Road in Kirulapone. The Mihindupura Housing Complex will have 21 storeys and the units planned for construction is 550. The One million Housing Programme is being launched to make the Mahinda Chinthana Extended Version a reality by making every family a proud owner of a house.
Minister Wimal Weerawansa said according to the aspirations of the President, to steer the country towards development tied with the ordinary masses, the low income who had taken refuge with less facilities, should be provided proper shelter. It is a must to mould a saturated family. The Minister cited the launch of this programme as a beginning to that effort.
The construction of one million houses in five years is on the cards. 60 thousand houses are to be built this year. Houses will come up in every Divisional Secretariat Division. These will be built under the Nagama Purawara, Sahasra Lanka, Viru Sevana, Sasunata Sevana, Visiri Nivasa and Jana Sevana programmes. 20 thousand houses are to be built for Government workers under the Jana Sevana Upahara Housing Programme. Eight thousand houses are planned on behalf of Samurdhi and migrant workers. Several Parliamentarians, foreign diplomats and many senior Government Officials were present on this occasion.