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300,000 register for Samurdhi in N&E

2013 Jul 29

The poverty-stricken people of the North and East are to receive allowances under the Samurdhi Poverty Alleviation Programme.It is learnt that over 300,000 families in the North and East have registered themselves with the Samurdhi Authority to receive assistance to supplement their monthly income.Ven. Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thera, Chief Incumbent of the Naga Vihara, Kotte and President of the National Movement for Social Justice has turned down an invitation by the UNP of that he had no intention of being associated with UNP’s political programmes henceforth.


The five-member delegation led by Party Secretary Tissa Attanayake called upon the priest at the Naga Vihara, Kotte yesterday (28) to seek his blessings for a signature campaign to be launched tomorrow (30) in support of the UNP’s new draft constitution.


Sources said, having turned down the invitation, Ven.Sobhitha Thera has asserted that taking forward the UNP’s political agenda was a matter for the UNP and in no way his concern.


Similarly, the priest has said, the democratic programme introduced by him to the country, calling for the overhauling of the current constitution and a unified approach to ensure democracy did not require the UNP’s support.


Attanayake was accompanied by Parliamentarians Ravi Karunanayake and Mangala Samaraweera, New Sama Samaja Party Leader Wickremabahu Karunaratne and Chief incumbent of Nalandaramaya, Ven. Thininyawala Palitha Thera.
This includes 54,000 families from Jaffna, 12,000 from Vavuniya, 84,000 from Ampara, 41,000 from Trincomalee and 30,000 from  Mullaitivu, Kilinochchi and Mannar, respectively. Additionally, 84,000 persons have registered from the Batticaloa District.


“Our officers are visiting homes in the areas and are determining their eligibility to qualify for the allowance,” Tilakasiri added.


At present, around 1.5 million people receive the Samurdhi allowance which could be between Rs 750 to Rs 1,500 a month, which includes providing food stamps, helping families with elderly and disabled people, and financing children’s education.
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