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Be correct and then try to correct others: Sajith to NFF

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Housing and Construction Minister Sajith Premadasa took on the National Freedom Front Leader Wimal Weerawanse and NFF Parliamentarian Jayantha Samaraweera and denied allegations made against his Ministry as utter lies.

He quoted Dhammapadaya and said 'Be correct and then try to correct others," (Owa Denu Parahata Thama Sammathehi Pihita Hida).

He charged that there were allegations of large scale corruption and fraud in the Ministry under former Minister Wimal Weerawansa and when MP Samaraweera was the Chairman of National Housing Development Authority (NHDA).

He made the comments responding to a speech by NFF MP Samaraweera during the Committee stage debate of Budget 2018 when the Finance Heads of the Housing and Construction Ministry were taken up for debate.

He went on that 2.5 million people in the country lack houses.The government has spent Rs. 17.5041 billion to build houses during the past three years, but the previous regime had allocated only Rs. 5.629 billion to resolve the issue between 2010-2014. The government would establish 500 reawakened villages by the year end and by 2020 another 2,000 villages totalling 2,500 villages. We intend to resolve the housing issues from Devundara to Point Pedro.

He added that the government has commenced a programme to shelter over 2,500 families of war victims in the north. Rs. 3 billion will be allocated to resolve housing issues of the people of the North and East irrespective of their race and religion. The government has allocated Rs. 500 million for the housing projects in the East as well.

 

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