Master plan to rebuild lives, now before all stake holders
[January 17, 2005 - 07.45 GMT]

President Chandrika Kumaratunga today presented the action plan for rebuilding the nation at the meeting of the High Level Committee for Disaster Management. The Leader of the Opposition Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe and leaders of other political parties were at the Presidential Secretariat for the meeting.

The detailed Action Plan was put together by the Presidential task force TAFREN (Task Force for Rebuilding the Nation) over the weekend. The action plan will be implemented after taking into consideration the valuable suggestions and inputs of all stakeholders such as religious and political leaders, members of the civil society and NGOs.

The document incorporates all immediate, short and long term plans for rebuilding the nation. Some of the salient features in the action plan are given below.

• A start up allowance of Rs. 5000 per family on presenting the tsunami relief coupon to any People’s Bank branch.

• Partly damaged houses to be rebuilt if located in safe areas with government assistance.

• Free books, uniform material, shoes, for school children.

• Electricity, telephone, water bills will be written off for those affected by the tsunami.

• Construction 15 new townships along the south and east coast.

• BOI concessions for totally destroyed hotels.

The President is scheduled to meet representatives of all NGOs later this afternoon[Monday 17th] at the President’s Office. She has directed that the plan should be put into operation by the end of January.







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Last Updated Date: January 17, 2005 - 07.45 GMT


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