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‘Gamata Geyak, Ratata Hetak’ programme:

Poor family to be given a new house

A poor family living in total deprivation in the Ambuluwawa reserve in Gampola will receive a new house on the direction of Prime Minister and Finance, Economic and Policy Planning, Buddhasasana, Cultural Affairs, Religions Affairs, Urban Development, Water Supply and Housing Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.

This house is provided under the government’s ‘Gamata Geyak, Ratata Hetak’ programme to build 14,022 houses countrywide at the rate of one house per Grama Niladhari division.

The foundation stone for the new house will be laid today (13) on a plot of land situated in Sinhapitiya North below the Ambuluwawa mountain range, Kandy District Parliamentarian Anuradha Jayaratne said.

Jayaratne said he would personally look into the welfare of this family with six children and ensure that the children not attending school would receive school education.

He added that Housing State Minister Indika Anuruddha had agreed to provide Rs. 600,000 for the construction of the house and residents in the neighbourhood would contribute voluntary labour towards the project.

The NHDA will provide the necessary technological consultancy services.

A media release by the Urban Development, Water Supply and Housing Ministry said information about this poor family living in a wattle and daub thatched house in an uninhabited shrub jungle atop a hillock was reported from Ambuluwawa recently.

This family is living in the hillock in front of the access road to the Ambuluwawa biodiversity complex. The mother in this family is a Sinhala woman named Chitranganie and her husband is a Tamil named S. Mahendra Kumar. Earlier this family had looked after a property in Ambuluwawa.

When the owner of the property decided to sell it, they had voluntarily shifted to this plot of state land covered with jungle.


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