Sri Lanka government has brought the true development to the village while providing financial assistance for the needy, Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera revealed.
New projects worth of Rs.48, 000 million under Gamperaliya program, are functioning throughout the country at present.
The whole country has turned into a work station, he said adding that this has enabled small contractors and merchants in the village and, rural community organizations to earn income and achieve their own development while contributing to the development in their own neighborhood.
98,000 development projects under Gamperaliya have been launched only within this year.
Not only that, in addition to the Rs.300 million Gamperaliya development grants that has been allocated already per village, another Rs.100 million grant will be released soon under the next step, he disclosed.
Rs.8, 000 million grants will be allocated to build 5 sermon halls in each electorate thereby helping 800 temples throughout the country.
Minister Samaraweera said “We will help develop every place of worship irrespective of their faith – Buddhist, Catholic, Islam or Hindu and, will take action to prevent propagation of fundamentalist movements, and extremists of other faiths as well who are spreading hate and anger”.
Our aim is to turn this country into a place where our young generation does not fight based on different religious faiths, he added.
There are 32,000 differently abled registered persons in this country. Each of them is paid a monthly allowance of Rs.3,000 by the government.
The government has increased this allowance up to Rs.5,000 effective end of this month. At the same time, the number of such beneficiaries has been increased to 72,000 from 32,000. This has enabled 40,000 additional individuals to receive this benefit, he said.
In addition, the government began to pay Samurdhi benefits to six hundred thousand new beneficiaries who had been marginalized due to their political affiliations.
The number of kidney patients who are paid a medical grant of Rs.5,000 was increased to 26,000 from 21,000 thereby cancelling the patients’ waiting list, he revealed.