TNA has called on the government to undertake a review of the latter’s ambitious project of building 65,000 houses for the civilians in the war-hit Northern and Eastern provinces.
"If the Government is committed to reconciliation, then its actions must reflect that," says Opposition and TNA leader R. Sambandan in a letter addressed to President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday.
Full text of the letter: "I write consequent to a unanimous decision of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentary Group to raise very serious concerns in respect of the above matter.
"The housing needs of the North and East are indeed dire. It is estimated that 137,000 houses are necessary to meet the housing needs of the North and the East following the devastation of the war. This issue must be addressed. The TNA thus welcomes the Government’s recognition of this, and its resolve to initiate a project to provide housing for conflict affected families. However, the serious concerns relating to the initiative in question repeatedly raised by a wide ranging group of civil society activists, professionals, and politicians cannot be ignored. This includes the recent report of experts of the University of Moratuwa on the suitability of the above mentioned steel houses.