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* Resettled Sri Lankan IDPs protest against alleged malpractices in Indian housing project
Thu, Jan 30, 2014, 08:55 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 30, Colombo: The resettled IDPs of Northern Province held a massive protest on Wednesday in the Vavuniya town against the alleged malpractices taking place in the India funded housing scheme for the displaced persons.

The vast majority of the protestors were Tamil IDPs resettled in their home towns in Vavuniya district and they protested against the Minister Rishad Bathiyutheen, who they say favoring the Muslims over the displaced Tamils to give houses built with Indian funds.

They alleged that the allocation of houses was according to the whims and fancies of the Minister, a claim the Minister rejects.

Some resettled IDPs participating in the protest said that they still lived in temporary sheds after several years since resettling. They accuse that wealthy people have been given priority in allocating houses while poor people who have resettled after many times of displacement are ignored.

India has signed an agreement with Sri Lanka to build 50,000 houses for the IDPs of the Northern Province.

In the second phase of the Indian housing project Construction of 43,000 houses under the owner driven model was underway with more than 10,000 houses already completed in 2013 in the Northern Province.

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