Hous­ing the Home­less

Southasia - - BRIEFINGS -

Sri Lanka and Pak­istan share a warm re­la­tion­ship which was fur­ther strength­ened dur­ing the fi­nal months of the civil in­sur­gency in Sri Lanka when Pak­istan lent its full support to the Sri Lankan armed forces to fight the rebel groups. The war has ended but the process of re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of the peo­ple af­fected dur­ing the war con­tin­ues.

To show its com­mit­ment to the Sri Lankan gov­ern­ment’s re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ef­forts, the gov­ern­ment of Pak­istan launched a Pak­istan Hous­ing Project in the Puthukkudiyiruppu vil­lage in Sri Lanka for the war-af­fected home­less peo­ple of the North­ern Prov­ince. The project will help 230 home­less fam­i­lies from Puthukkudiyiruppu, Narikaddu and Mod­daikadai vil­lages. The cost of the houses will be borne by the Gov­ern­ment of Pak­istan, while roads, elec­tric­ity and other ex­ter­nal fa­cil­i­ties will be pro­vided by the gov­ern­ment of Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan Min­is­ter of Com­merce, Basil Ra­japaksa also an­nounced a match­ing grant by his gov­ern­ment for the con­struc­tion of an ad­di­tional 230 houses for home­less fam­i­lies.

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