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1.1 million welfare benefits applications verified

The information of nearly 1.1 million applications for welfare benefits out of 3.7 million has been verified as of now, State Minister of Finance Shehan Semasinghe said.

According to the President’s Media Division (PMD), the applications from 334 Divisional Secretariats have been verified through an ongoing information survey.

The State Minister further said that the said information survey will conclude on 31 March 2023.

Emphasizing the need for accurate information, State Minister Semasinghe warned that the failure to submit the necessary information by the deadline will result in the loss of welfare benefits.

In October 2022, the Government launched the restructured welfare benefits programme for vulnerable persons/families targeting 3.1 million beneficiaries.

Vulnerable persons/families were informed to register for the new welfare benefits programme via applications from the following website –

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