Mr. RM Ranjith Bandara, Secretary of the Development Officers Service Association, has stated that the government is taking steps to reduce the number of people and families who are eligible to receive social welfare benefits through the surveys conducted across the country and that the government is conducting a survey by employing development officers to identify the eligible people. .
He has said in further detail
“The chairman of the Social Welfare Board made it very clear in the discussion with us that they are preparing to cut a large amount of welfare. He is preparing to cut all the social benefits or social welfare allowances that are currently being given to our people, especially prosperity subsidy, elderly allowance, cancer allowance, based on the advice of the World Bank. But this is interpreted as providing social benefits. Definitely, after this survey is completed, there will be a big cut in benefits in this country. It could be 70% – 80%.” It is reported that