Social security schemes, a timely measure - PM
At the Prize and Certificate awarding ceremony for the officials who
played a prominent and dedicated role for initiating and enrolling the
members for the Pension Schemes formulated and launched by the Social
Security Board to those in the informal and self-employment sectors,
held at the Presidential Secretariat on the 31st of March 2008.
Ratnasiri Wickremanayake, the Prime Minister who participated as the
guest of honour said that it is a great achievement by us, the timely
steps taken by the Social Security Board that operates under the purview
of the Ministry of Social Services and Social Welfare in implementing
the Pension and Social Security Benefit schemes to the most needy in our
society; the self-employed and those in the informal employment sector.
Speaking further, he said that these schemes ensure the social
security of the people at their old age. He added that under the far
sighted vision the President, many a programme have been implemented for
the well-being of the people of this country and the Pension Scheme for
those in the informal sector of employment is both timely and a step in
the right direction, what is special about these pension schemes is that
they will encourage those who are not entitled for State Pensions whilst
fetching in a solution to unemployment problem to a certain degree and
at the same time ensuring future social security of the employees the
Prime Minister added.
He also said that these pension schemes are of extreme importance to
a country like Sri Lanka where there is a fast growing trend of the
elderly population. Prime Minister speaking further said that Minister
of Social Services and Social Welfare Douglas Devananda needed to be
commended for his excellent service to the people, in spite of the
existent threats to his life and his undeterred courage in performance
of his duties needed to be appreciated at all times the Prime Minister
Prime Minister added that the Social Security Board established in
the year 1996, had accomplished its desired objectives due to the
exemplary performance of duties of its officers, District Secretaries,
Divisional Secretaries, “Grama Niladharis” and other relevant officers
who were being honoured on that day.
Devananda, speaking at the occasion stated that the function had been
organized to express their appreciation for the contributions made by
the officials towards ensuring Social Security for the deprived segments
in our society, though the Government officers were expected to perform
their functions dedicatedly for the well being of our people, their
commitment to service had to be recognized and respected in order to
achieve maximum results.
He added that the Sri Lankan Society had a long history of taking
care of their family members, especially the elders and ensured the
social Security by the extended family system, also taking
responsibilities was the norm of our forefathers for ensuring a better
life to their children in future.
“In today’s competitive World, the extended family system is being
shattered due to globalization and urbanization and the governments are
burdened with more responsibilities for ensuring their citizens enjoy
all political, economical, social and cultural rights without any
discrimination in a free and healthy environment.
Speaking further the Minister said that Sri Lanka Social Security
Board was established in the year 1996 with a far sighted vision to
provide with Social Security to self employed and relief to the
dependents of self employed upon death.
Most of the developing countries were yet to develop Social Security
Schemes for the vast majority of employees in the informal sector in
“The pension policies designed and introduced at the inception, to
cater to the low income earners, are still continuing. During the last
two years under “Mahinda Chinthana” programme, many pension schemes were
introduced to cater to a wide range of people depending on their
We have joined with other line Ministries to provide with special
pension schemes, to those who have not been covered with Govt. pension
Accordingly we have designed special Pension Schemes for women and
Media personnel. I am proud to state that as at date over 250,000 people
have joined various pension schemes and out of them 3,741 members are
now receiving their monthly pensions” said the Minister.