Under the twelfth phase of the 'Api Wenuwen Api' housing project for war heroes, 100 brand new houses completed in the Matale district were handed over to their respective owners by President Mahinda Rajapaksa at a special ceremony held at the Nugagolla School ground in Matale yesterday (3).
The purpose of this project is to provide houses to Security Forces’ personnel that are not financially sound, to build their own homes. The Security Forces provided manpower to build houses in the soldiedrs’ own lands.
One hundred Security Forces’ personnel from the Matale district who risked their lives for the sake of the nation’s security, and the country’s territorial integrity, received the keys for houses from President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Nugagollagama in Wilgamuwa yesterday.
So far houses have been built covering Kandy, Kurunegala, Matara, Hambantota, Monaragala, Badulla, Galle, Ampara, Batticaloa, Trincomalee, Kalutara, Kegalle, Polonnaruwa Gampaha and Rathnapura districts.
He also graced the house warming ceremony for the house given to Corporal A. Wanigasinghe, who became visually handicapped during the Agni Keela operation in Jaffna.
A set of kitchen utensils and stationery for the children of Security Forces’ personnel were also presented to their family members by President Rajapaksa.
Over 800 children of Dharmapradeepa Vidalaya in Nagollagama also received schools bags along with stationary and a pair of shoes.
Lands and Lands Development Minister Janaka Bandara Tennakoon and Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga addressed the gathering.