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More benefits for migrant workers under ‘Ran Piyapath’

Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera said the government will provide more benefits for migrant workers who register with the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment prior to embarking for employment.

A programme called golden wings (Ran Piyapath), a concept of Telecommunication, Foreign Employment and Sports Minister Harin Fernando aims to regulate and encourage prospective foreign job seekers to go abroad through the proper channels is a timely important move,” he added.

The ‘Ran Piyapath’ programme was launched by the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment to ensure security, safety, privileges, legal cover, dividends and welfare facilities of Sri Lankans who go abroad for employment.

Migrant labor is the chief source of the foreign exchange to the country. However, there are cases when Sri Lankan expatriates work abroad do not get any such benefits, security, and legal cover.

The ‘Ran Piyapath’ programme will provide all the benefits to migrants workers in a systematic method under the one package. The package includes vocational training, self-employment opportunities, medical facilities and insurance, special loan scheme, relief packages on telephone conversations and scholarships for the children of the migrant workers. Even after coming to Sri Lanka, workers will get benefits such as bank loans for self employment ventures and business.

Finance Minister addressing the gathering at the launching ceremony of the Ran Piyapath program said the government has unveiled fragment and far-sighted program for the benefit of migrant workers, the number one source of foreign exchange to the country. We have adopted the policies of sending only skilled and semi-skilled workers after completing their vocational training to other countries instead of domestic workers.

This programme will also give value addition to the registration at the Bureau before Sri Lankans going abroad for employment. Skilled Sri Lankan labor in abroad account for 32 percent currently. The number of unskilled migrant workers has declined gradually and a significant increase in the skilled labour migration in the recent past.

Under the Enterprise Sri Lanka programme, migrant workers will be given up to Rs.10 million concessionary housing loans to be repaid in 15 years with a two-year grace period.

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