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SLPP finds fault with ‘Aswesuma’

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Govt. receives over 190,000 complaints and appeals

By Rathindra Kuruwita

SLPP MP Namal Rajapaksa has found fault with the Wickremesinghe-Rajapaksa government for the selection of ‘Aswesuma’ beneficiaries.

The former minister has, issuing a statement on behalf of the SLPP parliamentary group, alleged that those who deserved the ‘Aswesuma’ benefits have been excluded. Those who don’t require such assistance have been accommodated in the programme, Rajapaksa has said, demanding remedial action.

State Finance Minister Shehan Semasinghe yesterday assured that the aggrieved people could submit appeals before 10 July. Addressing the media at the President’s Media centre, Semasinghe urged the public not to fall prey to various interested parties.

Chairman and Commissioner of the Welfare Benefits Board B. Wijeratne said his office had received over 190,000 complaints and appeals over the ‘Aswesuma. programme by the end of 26 June.

“We will consider them all and come up with a final list,” he said.

Wijeratne said he had received reports that there were many protests opposing the way ‘Aswesuma’ beneficiaries were selected.

The government received 3,712,096 applications for ‘Aswesuma’ welfare benefits by the end of April.

The Presidential Secretariat said ‘Aswesuma’ benefits would be distributed among four categories–– transitional, vulnerable, poor, and extremely poor. Additionally, the usual allowances for the differently-abled, elderly, and kidney patients will also be provided.

“Accordingly 400,000 transitional beneficiaries will receive Rs 2,500 a month until 31 December 2023. 400,000 people in the vulnerable category will receive Rs 5,000 a month until 31 March 2024. 800,000 people in the poor category will receive Rs 8,500 rupees a month, and those in the extremely poor category will receive Rs 15,000 a month for three years beginning 01 July 2023,” the Secretariat said.



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Heat Index at ‘Caution’ level in Northern and North-Western provinces and Anuradhapura district

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Heat Index advisory issued by the Natural Hazards Early Warning Centre At 4.00 p.m. 12 April 2024, valid for 13 April  2024

The Natural hazards Early Warning Centre says that the Heat Index, the temperature felt on the human body is expected to increase up to ‘Caution level’ at some places in Northern and North-Western provinces and Anuradhapura district.

The Heat Index Forecast is calculated by using relative humidity and maximum temperature and this is the condition that is felt on your body. This is not the forecast of maximum temperature. It is generated by the Department of Meteorology for the next day period and prepared by using global numerical weather prediction model data.

Effect of the heat index on human body is mentioned in the above table and it is prepared on the advice of the Ministry of Health and Indigenous Medical Services.

ACTION REQUIRED

Job sites: Stay hydrated and takes breaks in the shade as often as possible.
Indoors: Check up on the elderly and the sick.
Vehicles: Never leave children unattended.
Outdoors: Limit strenuous outdoor activities, find shade and stay hydrated.
Dress: Wear lightweight and white or light-colored clothing.

Note:
In addition, please refer to advisories issued by the Disaster Preparedness & Response Division, Ministry of Health in this regard as well. For further clarifications please contact 011-7446491

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Sun directly overhead Kumulamunai, Murikandi, Keridamadu and Tanniyatttu at about 12:10 noon today (13)

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On the apparent northward relative motion of the sun, it is going to be directly over the latitudes of Sri Lanka during 05th to 15th of April in this year.

The nearest areas of Sri Lanka over which the sun is overhead today (13th) are Kumulamunai, Murikandi, Keridamadu and Tanniyatttu at about 12:10 noon.

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10,000 children at 336 Child Development Centers nationwide to receive gift parcels from President today (13)

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Through an initiative taken by President Ranil Wickremesinghe, over 10,000 children under the care of 336 child development centers throughout the country, will receive gift parcels today (13).

The distribution sponsored by Ceylon Biscuits Limited is coordinated by the office of the President with support from the office of the Chief of Defence Staff and the Sri Lanka Army.

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