Sri Lanka introduces welfare register to reduce ‘ghost’ beneficiaries

July 22, 2016 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s project management and monitoring department with ICTA has prepared a single window for an integrated social welfare register, based on the recipient’s unique NIC number.

National Policies and Economic Affairs Ministry said 80 percent of data has currently been uploaded to the system and further refining is in progress.

“Once the program is completed, it will be very useful in streamlining social welfare handouts, better targeting and reducing ‘ghost’ beneficiaries, if any,” the Ministry said.

“The introduction of the Adhaar program in India, with a unique number for all social payment beneficiaries, has resulted substantial elimination of ghost beneficiaries.”

The new system will handle all handouts from Ministries, Provincial Councils and Local Authorities in the future.