Samurdhi Beneficiaries on New Poverty survey

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By 2017-08-12

By Skandha Gunasekara

The Samurdhi allowance will not be slashed, Minister of Social Empowerment, S. B. Dissanayake assured Parliament yesterday in response to a question raised by JO......Parliamentary leader Dinesh Gunawardena.

"The Government has decided to carry out a multi-dimensional poverty survey to select Samurdhi recipients.

Under this system, marks will be given to all potential recipients. Marks are given for the properties they own, level of education of children etc. Accordingly, potential recipients who own less than 10 cows, 20 goats, 50 hens and who do not have appliances such as TVs and radios will get more marks" the minister said adding that this was the internationally accepted benchmark.

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