A progress review discussion on the data census work of the Welfare Benefits Board was held at the President’s Office chaired by Chief of Staff to the President and Senior Advisor on National Security Sagala Ratnayaka yesterday (09) to identify those affected by the current economic crisis as well as those with low income and to provide them with necessary assistance.
The Welfare Benefits Board has been tasked with determining who is eligible for welfare benefits in a transparent manner and creating a social security benefit register.
During the discussion, it was revealed that the data census will cover every Divisional Secretariat Division on the island, with census work already completed for 23 divisions.
The welfare benefits program is fully supported by the World Bank and they are providing the necessary technical assistance. Officials were instructed by Mr. Ratnayaka to keep the World Bank informed of the program’s progress.
The discussion will also be continued at the District Secretaries conference on Tuesday (14).
Senior Advisor to the President on Economic Affairs, Dr. R.H. S. Samaratunga and representatives from the World Bank, including the Country Manager, Chiyo Kanda and Senior Economist Richard Walker were among those in attendance at the meeting.