The Forest Department has banned the construction of Housing Schemes provided by the National Housing Authority, and people are dissatisfied because of this. Mulaitheevu is a district which had been most affected by war. Post war development of Mulaitheevu is being undertaken to a certain amount. Details of the people without houses are being collected and housing provided to them. However the District Secretariat had announced that there still several families without a proper housing.
However the National Housing Authority has come forward to provide housing to poor houseless people in areas such as Murukandy and Mankulam. Accordingly, Odsduchuddan District Secretariat collected details of House – less people , selected beneficiaries among them and allocated State lands for them. Foundation were laid and people were engaged in clearing bushes with Backhoe machines.
The Officials of the Forest Department who came their halted the work, captured the key of the backhoe and arrested the driver. Following the people reporting the matter, to the District Secretariat they took up the matter with Forest Department, the backhoe and the driver were released but permission was not given to continue the construction work.
Although housing has been received people and the officials are unable to proceed with the work. A discussion was held between the officials and the people regarding this situation. Forest Department had occupied several lands in Mulaitheevu District. It is this department which causes problems to people, next to the Army.They are even robbing the lands of people.
The political leaders should take action against the Forest Department. This matter should be taken up in the District and Divisional Coordinating Committee meetings and action be taken against them, the people demanded.