The humanitarian programme unveiled by the Army to build houses for families of the Jaffna Peninsula, displaced by the war, is being further expanded. Jaffna Commanding Officer Major Gen. Mahinda Haturusinghe said they had plans to newly construct more houses.
He said they had already completed work on 680 houses. Plans are underway to build another 600 houses. When the President visited Jaffna last April, keys of 10 houses were handed over to the recipients.
The project to build houses was mooted on the instructions of the President. Major Gen. Haturusinghe pointed out that 680 houses had already been built for destitute families. It has been decided to construct another 600 permanent houses. The civilians expressed their gratitude with regard to the mediation of the President as well as the Army to build houses for them when they were rendered helpless.
One of the recipients said it was the Army which built houses for them with the mediation of the President when they were rendered helpless. As such, they received an opportunity to improve their livelihoods. They expressed their gratitude in this respect to the Government as well as the President.
Another recipient said they can now live freely with their children in a peaceful environment. She added that the Government had provided a valuable contribution for the success of their lives.