India says while the construction of 1,000 houses for internally displaced persons in the Northern Province of Sri Lanka is complete the second phase of the housing project in the Northern and Eastern Provinces was progressing smoothly.
The special secretary of Development Partnership Administration P S Raghavan who led a high-level Monitoring Committee from Ministry of External Affairs to monitor the reconstruction work in Sri Lanka, said that the second phase of the housing project under the owner–driven model for construction or repair of 43,000 houses in the Northern and Eastern Provinces was progressing smoothly, New Indian Express reported.
He said that there was a degree of satisfaction among beneficiaries, local community and other stakeholders with the implementation mechanism put in place by the two governments.
“The project is way ahead of plan and people are accepting the project,” he said. Responding to a query on how fair was the project following allegations of Tamils being discriminated in Sri Lanka, Raghavan said that there was a rigorous selection process for beneficiaries. “It is ensured that the beneficiaries are Tamils only,” he said.
He refused to talk about the political rights of Tamils in Sri Lanka, stating that the primary focus was on dealing with rehabilitation of the displaced people.