Dec 06, 2016

Parliament erupts over prefabricated houses for IDPs

Parliament erupted over prefabricated houses being constructed for the Internally Displaced People (IDPs) in the North.

Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran demanded the resignation of the Minister of Prison Reforms, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs, D.M. Swaminathan for going ahead with the prefabricated houses despite several concerns raised.

Sumanthiran said that he had submitted proposals to construct permanent houses for the war displaced people at a lower cost but the Minister had disregarded the proposal.

TNA and opposition leader R. Sampanthan said that the people in the North need permanent houses and not prefabricated houses.

The joint opposition also joined in the debate resulting in Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe offering to hold a meeting between the TNA and Swaminathan to resolve the issue.