Number of families getting disability grant to be increased
A proposal has been made in the budget estimate for 2012 to increase
the number of families receiving the allowance paid to families with
persons with disabilities, Social Services Minister Felix Perera said in
According to this proposal, he said that, the number of families
receiving this grant in a Divisional Secretariat Division, would be
increased from 34 to 50 families. The minister said that the monthly
grant paid to each selected family with persons with disabilities had
amounted to Rs 3,000. He observed that there were 274,711 persons with
multiple disabilities in the country at present according to statistics,
and the number of families which they belong to is not yet computed.
He said that 11,216 families with no means of income at all, have
been qualified to receive this grant at present.
The minister was responding to a question raised by UNP MP Buddhika