India playing critical role says Basil

Minister Basil Rajapaksa says India is playing a critical role in assisting the return of normalcy in the north and east.
He said that the Housing Project undertaken by India in the north and east was indicative of the phased, timely and sequenced manner of India’s development assistance to Sri Lanka which has been based on requirements on the ground.
He was speaking during the launch of the Indian Housing Project in the Eastern Province today, the Indian High Commission in Colombo said.
Minister Rajapaksa also pointed out that among donor-funded humanitarian assistance projects in Sri Lanka, the Indian Housing Project was unmatched and unprecedented in its scale, reach and impact.
In his address, Indian High Commissioner Askok Kantha reiterated the importance attached by India to support initiatives for early resettlement of displaced persons in northern and eastern provinces and providing opportunities to enhance their livelihoods.
He expressed satisfaction that projects of Indian assistance in Northern Province were progressing well and appreciated the support provided by local authorities in this regard.
He noted that through the support of the government and the local community, the second phase of the Indian Housing Project for construction of 43,000 houses under the owner-driven model, which was launched in the Northern Province on 2 October 2012, was making good progress.
More than 12,000 houses were already under construction and 10,000 houses were expected to be completed in the first year of the project. The High Commissioner assured that the target of completion of all the 50,000 houses to be constructed under the Project would be achieved within three years. (Colombo Gazette)