President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday (April 25) handed over 125 houses to War Heroes. The houses were built in the Kurunegala District under the Api Venuwen Api War Heroes housing development program. President handed over the keys of newly built houses to war heroes at a ceremony held at C.W.W. Kannangara Maha Vidyalaya Mallawapitiya, Kurunegala.
War Heroes are receiving the due respect, recognition and attention from the Government since the Government has clearly understood the great sacrifices of War Heroes, said Secretary to the President, Mr. Lalith Weeratunga.
It is clear how the Mahinda Chinthana policy statement has evaluated the dedication and devotion of the War Heroes during the entire process of liberating the country from the clutches of the terrorists, he added. The Secretary was addressing the gathering of the ceremony.
We Sri Lankans are now experiencing the peace dividends as we have a brave leader like President Rajapaksa. The President did not give in to any evil force," the Secretary said.
We should be proud and fortunate to have a brave leader of the calibre of President Mahinda Rajapaksa who will not, be dictated to by any force, Secretary Weeratunga added.
The Secretary further stated that those countries that voted against Sri Lanka in Geneva have failed to end terrorism in their countries.
This was the 15th phase of the Api Venuwen Api project carried out by the Defence Ministry. And this is the second stage of houses built for War Heroes of the Tri Forces in the Kurunegala District.
Besides the handing over of houses, the President distributed study materials for school children of War Hero families and also unveiled the Mahindodaya Science laboratory constructed under Mahindodaya 1,000 school development program at C.W.W. Kannangara Maha Vidyalaya.
The Api Venuwen Api housing project for War Heroes was established in 2009 after the eradication of terrorism under the patronage of President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The project is aimed at uplifting the living standards of War Heroes and their families by assisting them to build their own houses and thereby improving their living standards.
Of the 125 houses constructed in the Kurunagala District, 83 were distributed among the army, 27 navy, and 15 air-force personnel. In line with this War Hero welfare program, special measures have been taken to construct roads and schools in the area.