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Buduputh Suraksha Health Insurance Scheme from Oct.1

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa presents a book on the 2600th Sambuddhawa Jayanthi to Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa at Temple Trees yesterday. Ven. Dr. Diviyagaha Yasassi Thera was also present. Picture courtesy Prime Minister’s Media Division
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa presents a book on the 2600th Sambuddhawa Jayanthi to Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa at Temple Trees yesterday. Ven. Dr. Diviyagaha Yasassi Thera was also present. Picture courtesy Prime Minister’s Media Division

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday directed officials to commence the Buduputh Suraksha Health Insurance Scheme from October 1.

The Prime Minister also ordered the release of Rs. 40 million for the scheme from the Buddha Sasana Fund initially.

In addition, the Government will contribute Rs.50 million for this scheme which will cover 15,000 Buddhist monks in the country.

The Prime Minister made these directives at the 84th Board of Management meeting of the Buddha Sasana Fund held at Temple Trees yesterday.

The Prime Minister also directed officials to explore ways and means to further strengthen the fund.

It was decided at the Board of Management meeting to reduce the current age limit of caring for elder monks above 100 years to 90 years.

The members of the board under the stewardship of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa also decided to increase the number of scholarships granted to Buddhist monks from 800 to 1,500. They also decided to increase the scholarship grant to Rs.1000 from Rs.750.

The grant of Rs.100,000 given to temples with less facilities for the development of sanitary facilities will also be increased to Rs.150,000 on a proposal made by Ven. Diviyagaha Yasassi Thera.

The Board of Management also decided to develop 20 institutes dedicated for novice monks.

A hundred Bhikkhus are to be sent for a Chinese language training programme funded by the Government of China after the COVID-19 pandemic situation is brought under control globally.

A special programme will also be launched for Buddhist monks to study other languages, specially Tamil.

Members of the Board of Management Ven. Dr. Diviyagahage Yasassi Thera, Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa and the Prime Minister’s Secretary participated.


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