Agreement to provide Rs 1,500m for Jana Sevana programme
An agreement for providing funds to the tune of Rs 1,500 million for
the Jana Sevana Upahara housing loan programme of the NHDA was signed
before President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees yesterday morning.
Financial assistance for Jana Sevana project
In accordance with the Mahinda Chinthanaya programme of
providing a house to each family, a discussion on financial
assistance of Rs 1,500 million to the Jana Sevana housing
loan project was held at Temple Trees yesterday under the
patronage of President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Minister Wimal
Weerawansa, Deputy Minister Lasantha Alagiyawanna, Secretary
to the President Lalith Weeratunga and several officials
were present on the occasion. Picture by Chandana Perera
According to the agreement the NHDA will receive Rs 300 million each
from the People’s Bank, Bank of Ceylon, National Savings Bank, Rs. 250
million each from the State Mortgage and Investment Bank and the Housing
Development Finance Corporation and Rs 100 million from the Regional
Development Bank towards this loan programme.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa speaking on the occasion said that
special emphasis should be laid on low income groups and private sector
employees in granting loans under this programme. He also directed
officials of state banks to ensure that the loans are granted
expeditiously with the least amount of documentation.
He said maximum results could be obtained by implementing the housing
construction programme according to the needs with the participation of
the political leadership in the respective areas.
Construction, Engineering Services, Housing and Common Amenities
Minister Wimal Weerawansa said 11,000 houses have been built under the
Jana Sevana Programme during the last few months. Another 25,293 houses
are due to be completed this year.
Deputy Minister Lasantha Alagiyawanna and Secretary to the President
Lalith Weeratunga were also present on the occasion.