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Welfare Benefits Board Disburses Rs. 11.6 Billion to 622,495 Beneficiaries Under “Aswesuma” Programme

June 29, Colombo (LNW): The Welfare Benefits Board has disbursed a total of Rs. 11.6 billion to the bank accounts of 622,495 beneficiaries in the transitional and vulnerable categories for June 2024, under the “Aswesuma” Welfare Benefit Payment Programme, on June 27.

In the first phase of the programme, eligible beneficiaries in the vulnerable category received Rs. 5,000 from July 2023 to March 31, 2024. Meanwhile, those in the transitional category received Rs. 2,500 from July 2023 to December 31, 2023.

In response to the current economic situation, President Ranil Wickremesinghe has instructed the Welfare Benefits Board to extend the payment period of special allowances for beneficiaries in the transitional and vulnerable categories until December 2024. As part of this initiative, a special allowance was disbursed for June 2024, followed by monthly payments of Rs. 5,000 each from July 2024 to December 2024.

Welfare Benefits Board Chairman Jayantha Wijeratne confirmed that the existing payment system for the extremely poor and poor categories will continue without changes.

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