'Sathwiru Sanhinda'- Api Wenuwen Api houses handed over
to War Heroes
Sixty-nine houses built under the second phase of the
'Api Wenuwen Api ' project in the Hambantota District were handed over
to their new owners during a ceremony held at the Defence Services
College auditorium in Colombo Today (07th Thursday, January 2016). State
Minster of Defence Hon. Ruwan Wijewardene graced the event as the Chief
Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Eng. Karunasena
Hettiarachchi made the opening remarks during the occasion.
In addition, housing assistance for completing 813
partly built houses of War Heroes was also presented under the iv & v
phases of the project. So far 960 War Heroes have received housing
assistance under the initial three phases. As a symbolic gesture 25 War
Heroes were handed over housing assistance under this project today.
Under the scheme 51 War Hero families in Sampathnuwara in the Mullaitivu
District have also received housing assistance. Housing assistance to
complete partly built houses come in the form of material supply up to a
maximum value of Rs. 750,000.00.
Speaking at the occasion State Minister Wijewardene
said that the government is committed in ensuring the welfare of the tri
forces personnel. Thousands of War Heroes have paid the ultimate
sacrifice and many more got disabled during the war. It is pertinent to
say that in contrary to some false accusations the government will not
compromise on the welfare initiatives for service personnel he further
said. He also made mention of the 'Virusara' special welfare card for
War Heroes that is to be launched in the near future.
The 'Api Wenuwen Api' housing project is aimed at
building houses for War Heroes and their families. The project is
carried out under the direct supervision of the Secretary to the
Ministry of Defence encompassing most districts in the country. So far
the project has provided shelter for over a thousand War Hero families
in 20Districts including Kandy (I & II), Kurunegala (I & II), Matara,
Hambantota, Monaragala, Badulla, Galle, Ampara, Batticaloa, Trincomalee,
Kalutara, Kegalle, Polonnaruwa, Gampaha, Ratnapura, Matale, Nuwara Eliya,
Anuradhapura, Puttalam and Colombo.
Construction work on the houses built under the second
phase in the Hambantota District was handled by engineering units of the
Sri Lanka Air Force and Army. Each house built under the project is
complete with spacious living area, bed rooms, bathroom, dining room and
Senior Defence Ministry officials, tri forces
commanders, senior tri forces and police officers and a large number of
beneficiary War Heroes families were present at the ceremony.