New Samurdhi officers appointed

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By 2017-11-17

Minister of Social Empowerment, Welfare and Kandyan Heritage S.B. Dissanayake handed over appointment letters to 1,904 new Samurdhi Development Officers at a ceremony held at Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium on 15 November.The Samurdhi programme to alleviate poverty was designed following a comprehensive study of the 'Grameen' of Bangladesh, 'Kibbutz' of Israel, and 'Saemaul Undong' of South Korea. Unfortunately, during the last 10 years, Samurdhi has not earned sufficient profits due to poor investments at interest rates as low as 2 – 3 %

Had the money been invested at good rates, around Rs 40 billion could have been earned instead of the Rs 20 billion at present.

Addressing the officers and stressing the need to serve the poor, the Minister said "Poor and innocent villagers who would speak to you, addressing you as 'Samurdhi Mahaththaya or Samurdhi Nona' with respect, required your support."

"It is your duty to participate at funerals, weddings or any other special events to provide assistance, and financial support.

Whenever they need your support, you must be at their doorstep. We will provide every facility without any delay since people are the beneficiaries." he added.

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