|Hon. Indika Anuruddha Herath, M.P.
State Minister of Rural Housing and Construction & Building Materials Industries Promotion
It is important that the physical standards of living of our people remain high as we move forward as a country. Housing is basic necessity as air, water, food, and clothing. If it is an optimal house, it enhances human relationships, meets all social needs and is strong and durable. Meeting the housing needs of the country is a must as we move towards being anointed as a developed country. On the instructions of His Excellency the President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, the Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa assumes this responsibility with the determination to further uplift the physical standard of living of the people and to bring rapid development to our country.
I gladly accept the responsibility entrusted to me as the State Minister of the State Ministry of Rural Housing and Construction & Building Materials Industries Promotion and it is clear that the new State Ministry is very far-sighted and designed to meet the needs and future of the country.
In accordance with existing laws and regulations, the Ministry has primary responsibility for rural housing to ensure housing and sustainable construction for all, implementation of projects under the National Budget, Public Investment and National Development Programs and the implementation of the subjects and functions of the Departments under the Ministry of Public Enterprises and Statutory Institutions and related policy programs and projects.
We have a unique responsibility for implementing existing housing projects and a rural housing program for the displaced, simplifying the methods of obtaining raw materials faced by the construction industry, support for the construction and building materials industry efficiently in a way that is essential to the country’s growth and future.
As the State Ministry and its affiliated departments and Public Corporations and Statutory Bodies, we all work together to move forward the vision of prosperity presented by His Excellency the President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and to reaffirm the confidence that His Excellency the Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has placed in us as the Hon. Cabinet Minister of our Ministry. We are committed to the people of this country and to the fulfillment of the great hope.