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Ranidugama: Houses handed over to beneficiaries

Houses in the first model village built with Indian assistance under theModel Villages Program of the Ministry of Housing and Construction and Cultural Affairs, Ranidugama in the Gampaha district were presented to the beneficiaries yesterday.

Minister of Housing and Construction and Cultural Affairs, Sajith Premadasa, former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga and Acting High Commissioner of India Dr. Shilpak Ambule opened the village and presented legal documents of the houses. The Government of India has partnered with the Ministry of Housing and Construction and Cultural Affairs to build 100 model villages comprising 2,400 houses across Sri Lanka under a Indian grant assistance of Rs. 1,200 million. The 2,400 houses are in addition to the 60,000 houses built under the Indian housing project meant for war-affected people in the North and the East and the workers in the plantation areas.

India has undertaken more than 70 people-oriented development projects in various fields including health, education, housing, skills development, infrastructure, and vocational training across the country, including the largest university auditorium at the Ruhuna University in Matara.

Work on about 20 such projects are in progress. The overall development portfolio of Government of India in Sri Lanka is close to US$ 3 billion of which US$ 560 million are in grants.

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