The phrase “Kana Muttiya Bindeema and Andhayata Kiri Kaweema” has been updated to “Vasana Muttiya Bindeema and Sagayata Kiri Kaweema,” Social Empowerment State Minister Anupa Pasqual said.

This alteration, announced in the context of New Year celebrations, is intended to foster a conceptual shift in society regarding differently abled individuals.

The State Minister highlighted that all banks under the Samurdhi Program have coordinated to organize 1089 New Year celebrations across the country for the Sinhala and Hindu New Year.

Speaking further, the Minister said;

"All ministries have initiated community empowerment programs, with plans in place to establish village poultry production centres for 10,000 families.

Notably, all preparations for the program’s launch in May have been completed, including provisions for loans and assistance.

Additionally, arrangements have been made to distribute tea plants to 14,000 families to support tea cultivation endeavours.

In further developments, plans are underway to distribute complimentary tea plants to “Aswesuma” recipients.

Meanwhile, for other families, concessional loans are being offered at a reduced interest rate of 12%, down from the previous 36%.

Additionally, in collaboration with the “Kantha Liya Saviya” Program, subsidized loans at a 12% interest rate for various products will be introduced starting from May.”

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