Samurdhi Housing Lottery winners were presented with a cash prize of 180 million rupees at Temple Trees today. The event was organized by the Department of Samurdhi Development, Ministry of Primary Industries and Social Empowerment. The lottery selected one winner from each Divisional Secretariat.
Under the Samurdhi Housing Lottery Program that commenced in 2002, so far 28,934 houses have been provided to the public. With the financial support from the lottery program 331 houses per month will be constructed and the cost is borne for the monthly initiative is 66 million rupees. The project is being carried out on the instructions of Minister Daya Gamage.
Addressing the gathering the Prime Minister further said that the lottery program was commenced in 2002 when he was the Prime Minister. He pointed out that though only around 1700 housing units were built those days under the project, capacity has been expanded to 8,000 housing units.
The Prime Minister noted that the current government has been able to carry out a range of development activities in the country since its ascendance to the power including housing projects in rural areas, urban areas and resettled areas.
“The April 21 bomb blast caused much damage to the country and shattered public confidence. Another country would take four to five years to return to normal. But the decisions we took at that time were able to bring the country back to normal. Within a month after the attack, we were able to provide prosperity for the people.”
“In the meantime, we took measures to give the people land rights. We also intend to introduce legislation to grant freehold ownership of such lands to the people who have been continuously occupying the State lands for 10 years.”
The Ministry of Education has taken steps to provide tablet computers to students who study in Advanced Level. What we hope is to provide computer education to the entire student population. This program will be launched first through the National Schools and the second phase will be implemented at the Provincial Council schools with Wi-Fi facilities. In the third phase, all other schools which teach the A/L subjects will be provided with Wi-Fi facilities and tabs. This program is not limited to a few.