Written by Tharushan Fernando
23 Oct, 2016 | 8:59 pm
For almost a year now, questions have been raised on a move by the Ministry of Resettlement to award a contract for 65,000 pre-fabricated steel houses for war-affected households, to a multi-national corporation.
Issuing a statement on Sunday, a group of concerned citizens involved in the sphere of housing note that recent media reports suggest the government has decided to re-tender the project entirely, breaking it up into smaller components.
The group notes that if confirmed, this move is belated but necessary, and would be meaningful and welcome, only if the re-tendered project, is redesigned so as to be rooted in principles of equity, community ownership, participation and social mobilisation, and strengthen communities and the local economy.
The group of stakeholders calls on the government to expedite the process of re-tendering, but to do so in an unbiased and transparent manner that is in strict conformity with the procedures prescribed.
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