The European Union (EU) has initiated a programme for a housing project to resettle people displaced in the North and East and provide them with necessary facilities.
The programme will grant Euro 14 million for an indicative 3,000 incremental owner driven houses, supporting also livelihood measures such as community infrastructure, also through securing land tenure, facilitating grievances mechanisms, improving the local construction supply chain.
Manger of the Infrastructure and Reconstruction programme of the delegation of the European Union to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, Jaime Royo-Olid and Ms. Libuse Soukupova of International Cooperation and Development of EU disclosed the EU assistance during a meeting with the Sri Lankan Minister of Resettlement, Reconstruction and Hindu Religious Affairs D. M. Swaminathan today.
Development housing reconstruction support to Sri Lanka's Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) pursues the objective of providing returnees and host communities with sustaining livelihoods through developmental permanent housing, according to the International Cooperation and Development of the EU.
The European Union (EU) has already built 23,000 houses in the North and East and with the total EU contribution of Euro 14 million the program expects to reconstruct at least 3,000 permanent houses (over 12,500 beneficiaries) in 2015.
Minister Swaminathan said that in the past there have been some issues when resettling displaced people and providing basic facilities and stated that the current government hopes to overcome such obstacles with the help of the EU.
He also said that it has become the policy of the current government to maintain close ties with the EU and the international community.