Over Rs.140 million has been released by the Resettlement Ministry for the improvement of sanitary facilities in the Northern and Eastern Provinces under the second phase of the Ministry's water and sanitation projects for the resettled, Ministry Secretary Janaka Sugathadasa said yesterday (June 3).
Plans are afoot to construct toilets and provide washing facilities for 2,200 resettled families in the Mullaitivu, Kilinochchi, Batticaloa and other districts under this project, he said.
The beneficiaries were selected mostly from low-income generating resettled families, he said.
The Resettlement Ministry allocated Rs.114 million last year to provide safe water and sanitation facilities for nearly 3,000 families under the first phase of the project. The Ministry constructed 1,673 sanitary facilities under the project.
The Secretary said on the sanitary requirements among those internally displaced families and resettled families in the Eastern and Northern Districts of the 226, 236 families resettled in the North, 49 504 families do not have access to proper toilet facilities. "This was revealed in a study carried out by us on the situation," he added.
"The Ministry is addressing the issue on a priority basis. We have already made the facilities available to a large number of resettled families," he pointed out.