Facebook icon
Twitter icon
e-mail icon

Keppapulavu residents protest welfare program exclusion

A group of residents from Keppapulavu, Mullaitivu protested in front of the District Secretariat Office on June 28th, demanding to be included in a government welfare program. The program provides financial assistance to people living in poverty, but the protestors argue that they have been excluded because their lands are still being occupied by the military.

The protestors blocked the entrance to the District Secretariat office and chanted slogans demanding that they be given the same benefits as other people living in poverty. The District Secretariat K. Kanageshwaran ushered the protestors to the secretariat auditorium to hear their demands.

The protestors told Mr. Kanageshwaran that they have been unable to cultivate their lands since the military occupation, which has left them in poverty. They asked that the government provide them with financial assistance in order for them to support their immediate needs.

The welfare will be credited to the bank accounts of the beneficiaries from July 1st. According to the program: 

  • Up to 400,000 people living in transitional poverty are to receive 2,500/= per month until December 31st, 2023

  • Up to 400,000 people vulnerable to poverty are to receive 5,000/= per month until March 31st, 2024

  • Up to 800,000 people living poverty are to receive 8,500/= per month until March 31st, 2024

  • People living in extreme poverty will receive 15,000/= per month for three years

  • People living with disabilities and medical issues related to the kidney will receive 500,000/= per month 

  • Senior citizens are to receive 200,000/= per month

We need your support

Sri Lanka is one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a journalist. Tamil journalists are particularly at threat, with at least 41 media workers known to have been killed by the Sri Lankan state or its paramilitaries during and after the armed conflict.

Despite the risks, our team on the ground remain committed to providing detailed and accurate reporting of developments in the Tamil homeland, across the island and around the world, as well as providing expert analysis and insight from the Tamil point of view

We need your support in keeping our journalism going. Support our work today.

For more ways to donate visit https://donate.tamilguardian.com.