Social welfare allowance increased
The monthly social welfare allowance of Rs. 3,000 promised under the
Mahinda Chinthanaya policy framework has been paid to 11,216 families
with differently abled members in 2011.
Social Services Minister Felix Perera told the 'Daily News' that the
monthly social welfare allowance granted to families with differently
abled members has been increased from Rs.1,000 up to Rs.3,000 through
the 2011 budget. Around Rs.403 million was allocated for these payments
He said under the Mahinda Chinthanaya programme, differently abled
people are treated equally as honorable citizens and the government is
committed to ensure their well-being and welfare.
"The government will construct 1,000 houses for families with
differently abled members. It is our duty to create a free economic,
social and mental environment to help differently abled people lead
happy and comfortable life," he said. "Around seven percent of Sri
Lanka's population are disabled and it is the government's aim to
provide them with suitable vocational training and to get them involved
in the country's development process" Minister Perera said.
He said the government plans to integrate disabled people in to
society by creating a social environment that provides the necessary
economic opportunities to accommodate such people.