|Hon. Indika Bandaranayake
Deputy Minister of Housing and Construction
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With a sense of pride, I am elated to note that the Ministry has been able to achieve a robust progress where it was able to channel the entire financial provision of Rs. 6838.69 allocated to this Ministry in 2017 effectively and for the wellbeing of the public.
Further empowering the housing programme launched by the Ministry which laid the foundation for the provision of 3072 houses in 106 model villages and another14734 housing units for poor and low income families under the scattered loan programme, a slew of additional housing programmes were initiated during the year. Prominent amongst them are the construction of 1558 housing units for persons suffering from chronic kidney disease and their families at a cost of Rs 500 million and the construction of 163 housing units under the ‘Viru Sumithuru’ housing programme exclusively for our valiant war heroes. Further, in line with a concept of His Excellency the President, several housing programmes were launched to address the housing problems of people living in penury.
Overcoming many a challenge in the construction sector, year 2017 marked the achievement of many significant victories. The new policy introduced by the government in respect of the release of retention money for construction contracts will lead to a giant forward step in the construction industry. World Habitat Day was celebrated on the theme of “Housing Policies; Affordable Homes” with the main ceremony held at Matara offering many housing benefits to the people of the district while solving a host of housing issues.
I wish take this opportunity to convey my heartfelt thanks to His Excellency the President Maithreepala Sirisena for giving national leadership in realizing our mission, to Prime Minister Message of the Hon. Deputy Minister Progress 2017 & Development Programme2018 | Ministry of Housing and Construction 7 Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe for his leadership through economic management, to Minister Hon. Sajith Premadasa for his immense contribution through regulation and monitoring ensuring the success of the massive development programmes of the Ministry, to the Secretary and the staff for giving administrative leadership to achieve targets ensuring that our services reach the deserved and to all heads of institutions coming under the purview of the Ministry and all members of the staff.