Officials' indifference costs Valaichenai poor Samurdhi houses
[TamilNet, Sunday, 14 December 2003, 14:35 GMT]
Due to negligence of officials attached to the Valaichenai district
secretariat six prospective families in Koralaipattu, Valaichenai in
Batticaloa district, lost the opportunity to
own houses under the housing lottery scheme run by the Samurdhi
Ministry, sources said.
Every month Samurdhi Ministry distributes 150 houses with an estimated value of Rs 150,000 each using a lottery scheme on a list of
families selected by district Secretariat Officials. Three families
in Valaichenai district benefit monthly from this arrangement.
However, the last two months, due to incomplete information on the
Samudri families sent by the Valaichenai Secretariat officials to
the lottery, Valaichenai families were not included in the lotteries
for these months. The six houses that were to be given to Valaichenai
families were distributed to families from other districts, according
to lottery officials.
Civil society sources and Valaichenai residents point out that
Samudri Commissioner and Assistant Commissioner attached to the
Valaichenai Secretariat, and the District Secretary were negligent
in executing their duties.
The affected families also said that if the officials continue to
show apathy on their plight they will not allow money deducted
from their allowance towards the lottery.
Samudhri, Agriculture and Livestock Ministry created by the last
Peoples Alliance (PA) government to assist Sri Lanka's poor families
continues to function under the present United National Front (UNF) government.