Govt’s housing aid for tsunami victims tops Rs. 453 m

[May 10, 2005 - 7.00 GMT]


The Government under its program of providing houses to those who have lost their abodes in the tsunami has provided Rs. 453.5 million as housing assistance among 8,237 affected families through the two main state banks, People's Bank and Bank of Ceylon upto April 30 this year, the Ministry of Finance and Planning said in a communiqué yesterday.


Under this program in the tsunami affected districts of Trincomalee, Jaffna, Galle, Matara, Hambantota, Ampara, Batticaloa, Kalutara, Gampaha and Colombo, Rs. 250,000 is provided to a family in respect of a totally damaged house and Rs. 100,000 is provided in respect of a partially damaged house.


These monies had been paid out within a short time in respect of duly perfected applications submitted to the Bank of Ceylon or People's Bank branches in the respective areas. In the case of incomplete applications, steps had been taken to correct them and ensure that this financial assistance reached all families who had lost their houses. 


Apart from this another Rs. 297,265,000 has been provided to 934 affected families by the Bank of Ceylon under its Susahana loan scheme


In addition to this housing assistance, the Government is continuously providing the Rs. 5,000 special allowance for the tsunami affected families through the respective banks to cater to their daily needs.










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Last Updated Date: May 10, 2005 - 7.00 GMT


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Govt’s housing aid for tsunami victims tops Rs. 453 m