The 25th model village “Dinujayagama” was vested in the public under the New Village Reawakening Programme on 24th April 2017 by Hon.Sajith Premadasa, Minister of Housing & Construction. The number of reawakening villages started off island wide for the present is 379.
The people who were displaced and hid with fear of death subject to the revenge and wrath of the British Government owing to helping the Uva-Wellassa uprising were not provided with sufficient benefits by the government public development processes. Some people of that generation lived in temporary houses by doing chena cultivation after arriving in the Sevanagala area in Wellassa-South in 1960s.
It was very significant that the families selected for the “Dinujayagama” model village were 25 families of the present generation of those original families who went on with a deadlocked life unsatisfactorily in temporary houses in Sevanagala. They were handed over free-hold deeds for each block of lands in extent of 20 perches.
The construction work of “Dinujayagama” was commenced on 25th March 2016 under Community Participatory Housing Development Programme. There, the sum of Rs.7, 500,000 by the National Housing Development Authority and financial and labour contribution valued at Rs.5, 600,000 by beneficiaries had been given for the construction of houses therein. The government had disbursed a sum of Rs.652, 880 for the supply of electricity, a sum of Rs.95, 000 for water supply and a sum of Rs. 84,000 for access roads and internal roads.
Following benefits were provided for the people by vesting the “Dinujayagama” model village in the public
- Land licenses were handed over to 25 recipient families of housing in the village
- Scattered housing loans worth Rs.25, 000,000 were granted to 250 low income families in the area.
- Housing aids valued at Rs.11, 700,000 were offered for 53 families with kidney disease.
- Occupational tool kits, uniforms and subjects related text books amounted to 4, 600,000 were supplied to 100 youths selected for the construction training.