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Rs.6000 interim monthly allowance for missing persons’ families from November

As envisioned in the Budget- 2019 proposals by Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera, the Cabinet of Ministers have approved the payment of an interim monthly allowance of Rs.6000 to the families of missing persons. These persons also include the family members of the Armed Forces and the Police Missing In Action.

The Daily News first reported this on September 13, 2019 in an article detailing the issuance of the Certificate of Absence to families of war-time missing and disappeared persons.

The Office on Missing Persons, in its interim report published in August 2018, had recommended providing interim relief to the families of missing persons who have Certificates of Absence.

The 2019 Budget incorporated these recommendations. Cabinet recently approved a joint Cabinet memorandum from the Minister of Finance and the Minister of National Integration, Official Languages, Social Progress and Hindu Religious affairs to provide interim relief as envisioned in the Budget.

The interim relief is a Rs.6000 monthly bank deposit to the recipient of a Certificate of Absence. It will be provided until the newly established Office of Reparations provides compensation and other forms of reparation.

Interim relief will also not be a waiver of the right to adequate, prompt and effective reparations to seek judicial remedies.

So far, 656 Certificates of Absence have been issued to the families of missing persons in the North and the South, some of whom include the families of Armed Forces personnel who are Missing In Action. In order to facilitate the speedy issuance of Certificates of Absence, Cabinet also approved the recruitment of additional officers to the Registrar General’s Department on contract basis.

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