Jana Sevana program:
Simultaneous solutions to housing problems
The Jana Sevana one million houses program has the ability to provide
simultaneous solutions to the housing problems in cities and villages,
said Construction, Engineering Services, Housing and Common Amenities
Minister Wimal Weerawansa when he addressed the Asian Underpriveledged
Urban Community Leaders Conference which began in Colombo on Monday. The
Minister said his Ministry is working according to the Mahinda Chinthana
Future Vision program to tackle the urban slum problem which is a common
problem in many countries.
In addition to State sponsored programs, community organisations were
also implementing programs to solve the slum problem in Sri Lanka, he
said. Weerawansa said the Government was getting community participation
in housing programs rather than giving houses free to the people.
A program to build 50 houses with community participation has begun
in Killinochchi while his Ministry offered consultancy and other
facilities needed for it.
With community participation a house worth Rs 1.5 million could be
built at a cost of Rs 350,000. These programs with community
participation were being implemented in all Divisional Secretariat
divisions because our country had a culture of combined effort and
As such building community units for the program of building houses
was not a difficult task. Therefore, everyone of you have a duty and
responsibility to contribute towards the Jana Sarana one million houses
and habitat development operation.
The conference attended by delegates of India, Pakistan, Philippines,
Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka concludes on February 24.
It is organised by the Women's Development Bank.