The Government will construct 235,000 houses within the next two years for people living in poor condition houses, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said. It is the aim of the Government to provide better houses with facilities for every family, he added.
The Government is engaged in reducing the prices of essential commodities gradually as done with petrol, gas and electricity. The Government never stops the process of assisting people even though that process is hampered by certain segments, he said.
The President made these observations after opening the new Bingiriya Pradeshiya Sabha building on Saturday (Oct. 11). Under a policy decision of the Government the facilities of every public institute is being improved and upgraded while new facilities are being added. With the construction of these new buildings and other added facilities, both public servants as well as the public are benefited, he said.
The Government always pays its fullest attention in improving the facilities related to education allocating physical and human resources since education is the future of the children. In line with the education sector development initiatives, the Government has established 1,000 Mahindodaya Technical Laboratories throughout the country. As a result of this dedication to education, computer literacy rate reached 50 percent from three percent in 2005, President Rajapaksa said.
“Our aim is to increase it to 70 percent by next year,” he said.
President Rajapaksa added that the Nenasala Project introduced to improve computer literacy and information technology has been appreciated and accepted by many a country.
"After establishing permanent peace in the country, the Government has focused its attention on developing the country while upgrading the lives of the people. Towards this end, every family will be given a proper house. In the first phase of this process, 135,000 houses will be constructed within the next two year period for people who are living in houses which are not suitable for living," he said.
Poverty levels too are significantly decreasing, the President said. Speaking on the Tamil diaspora, the President said they collected money for weapons and now they collect money for separatism.