Plantation workers get 80 new houses
Plantation workers although people of Indian origin, play a vital
role to strengthen the country's economy, Plantation Industries Minister
D. M. Jayaratne said
He added that the Government had taken several measures to uplift the
living standards of the plantation community providing them an ownership
of a house to become recognized in society.
Addressing a meeting after opening the Rockchild and Helboda
plantations housing scheme constructed in the Gampola electorate
recently, Minister Jayaratne said the British Government housed the
Indian workers in plantation areas by constructing unhealthy line rooms.
The line rooms remain as they were without any infrastructure
facilities. Considering the importance of the plantation workers in
national development , 80 new houses had been built by the Government to
fulfill the pledge made in the Mahinda Chinthana policy, he said.
Jayaratne appreciated the assistance of Housing and Common Amenities
and Nation Building and Estate Infrastructure Ministries' joint
participation in contributing to the success of the housing development
According to Ministry sources the total construction cost of Rs. 30
million for the housing project was met by funds provided by Nation
Building and Estate Infrastructure Ministries.
Each house was built on a Rs. 200, 000 loan and Rs. 175,000 cash and