Samurdhi assistance to be extended to 150,000 families

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By Sandun A. Jayasekara   

Cabinet on Tuesday has granted approval to establish an office for Reparations to provide compensation formally and transparently to individuals affected by the conflict which took place in Northern and Eastern Provinces, Political of Civil disturbances or due to enforced disappearances, Minister Karunatuilaka said.   


Accordingly, the proposal made by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to gazette the respective bill prepared by the legal draftsman and consequently put forward for parliament approval.   


Government has provided maximum compensation under the existing regulations for damaged properties due to public conflicts in Beruwala and Aluthgama in 2014.   


However, a Special Assessment Committee appointed by the District Secretaries has recommended to compensate the household and other equipment, which were not covered by the said compensation. Accordingly, another proposal made by D. M. Swaminadan, Minister of Resettlement, Rehabilitation, Northern Development and Hindu Religious affairs for allocating Rs.185.9 million to facilitate these payments, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers 
in principle.   


The Cabinet also gave the green light to extend Samurdhi Subsidy for another 150, 000 low income families, Minister Karunatilaka added.   


He said approximately 1.38 million families are Subsidized by Samurdhi Subsidy programme. However it has been identified that there are families which requires assistance but do not receive Samurdhi subsidy.   


Accordingly the proposal made by Social Empowerment Minister P. Harrison to expand this subsidy up to 150, 000 more low income families as recommended by respective Divisional and District Secretaries, was approved by the cabinet, he added.     

 

Accordingly the proposal made by Social Empowerment Minister P. Harrison to expand this subsidy up to 150, 000 more low income families as recommended by respective Divisional and District Secretaries, was approved by the cabinet