A programme for providing financial aid to poor families to rehabilitate the tsunami displaced public, a programme was launched recently.Accordingly 4,500 tsunami affected families would be benefited by this programme initiated by the Asian Development Bank, assisted by the Japanese Fund for poverty reduction (JFPR)Under this programme the drainage systems of roads in the local government institutions will be renovated with the participation of residents in the respective areas and arrangements have been made to pay Rs. 400 per day, per person. The annual total allocation for this payment is Rs. 200 million.
The programme has been launched in ten districts, Kalutara, Galle, Matara, Hambantota, Ampara, Trincomalee, Batticaloa, Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu and Jaffna, in the western southern and the North-East provinces. A large number of officers and the public including MPs and ministers and the Asian development Bank Sri Lanka resident director Alisandera Piyo, participated in the programme held presided by local administration and provincial councils minister Janaka Bandara Tennekoon.
At the opening address the minister Tennekoon said NGOs, foreign countries and the government are committed in rehabilitating the tsunami displaced victims, although not 100 percent successful due to high magnitude of the devastation 48 local government institutions 12 municipalities, 19 urban councils and 29 pradesheeya Sabhas are subjected to this destruction the minister said. The minister pledged that similar conciliatory programmes will be implemented in the future.
Asian Development Bank Sri Lankan resident director Alisandare Piso and several officers spoke at this event.