Poverty Alleviation Party

Standing left to right – Mr. Dinesh Jebamani (Chief Manager Liability Product Management and New Age Media – Seylan Bank), Mr.Sudesh Peiris (Senior Manager – Digital Banking Channels – Seylan Bank), Ms. S.Senevirathne (Representative of the Revenue Department – Western Province), Mr. Tilan Wijeyesekera (Deputy General Manager – Retail Banking – Seylan Bank) and Mr. Malik Wickremanayaka (Deputy General Manager – Operations – Seylan Bank)

The Samurdhi program is getting a clean up in an attempt to get back on track with the schemes original objective.
While, some poverty alleviation has been taking place, high politicization of the scheme has prevented it from helping the poor at large.rn

rnThe restructuring of Samurdhi attempts to rid it of its politics and inefficiency.rn

rnUnder the plan Samurdhi officials and banks and will have to meet performance criteria while the poor will have to prove they deserve assistance.rn

rnAt the Samurdhi office in Malabe, welfare recipients queue up to pay loan interests and seek more assistance.rn

rnThis however maybe the last time recipients could get assistance over the counter easily.rn

rnOngoing restructuring of the Samurdhi scheme demands recipients justify their membership.rn

rnOfficials are also under pressure to cut down on the benefits bill.rn

rnActive Samurdhi recipients like Sunanda Fernando are aware of the coming changes.rn

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