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Update: Ministry says it’s an insurance payment

2017-04-17 17:02:25
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The Finance Ministry a short while ago clarified that the amount of Rs.100,000 which will be awarded to the family members of those who perished in Meethotamulla mishap was an insurance payment and not compensation.

Issuing a second communiqué, it said the money will be paid as a result of the insurance scheme which was obtained by the Ministry via the National Insurance Trust Fund (NITF).      

Apart from this insurance payment, the Treasury will release funds to the relevant authorities without a delay once a final decision was taken with regard to providing compensation to the Meethotamulla victims, it said.

Accordingly, up to Rs. 2.5 million will be paid as an insurance payment for the properties which were damaged in the mishap.  

Earlier, the ministry announced compensation will be paid to the next of kin for each of those who perished in the Meethotamulla tragedy.

Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake said in 2016 the Government had introduced an insurance scheme through the National Insurance Trust Fund as a proactive measure for the payment of compensation to victims of natural disasters.

“This has made it easier for the government to pay compensation,” he said.

The finance ministry said the Treasury had released funds for relief measures such as the provision of cooked food to those affected and assured that the Government would take steps to rebuild damaged houses or to relocate the victims at safer locations.

Meanwhile, Megapolis and Western Development Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said that housing units at housing complexes in Colombo could be given to the victims whose houses were destroyed.


  Comments - 13

  • DJ Monday, 17 April 2017 18:10

    Where is all the money coming from, has to be the tax payers. This is the mess you politicians and the rogues at CMC including the mayors that's present and former. You bunch of useless leaders pay for this out of your cash and not the peoples

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    rosebud Monday, 17 April 2017 18:44

    Has the media got this right or wrong There are conflicting reports. via DM Android App

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    BuffaloaCitizen Monday, 17 April 2017 18:46

    Oh realy and how gracious are our Ministers...but tell me is this money from Mahinda, Gota, Sirisena, Ranil and Ravi's personal pockets as they have failed in their duties or from public money which is also still paying their lavish benefits despite absolutely useless work?

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    ceylon Monday, 17 April 2017 18:51

    great help in time of need.ravy deserve tnx for the so quick action other than usual years of government delays. via DM Android App

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    ceylon Monday, 17 April 2017 18:53

    Lets see how quick Minister Champika for his words. via DM Android App

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    RD Monday, 17 April 2017 19:06

    Wow Rs. 100,000 per person. I am sure they found this money by not ordering spare wheels of MP cars

    Reply : 1       8

    Anja Monday, 17 April 2017 19:11

    Closing the stable door after the horse has bolted via DM Android App

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    Shelly. Monday, 17 April 2017 19:22

    As if its from Ministers pocket. Not from our pockets for sure. May be from the bank deposits of respective local authority members and WP Council members. via DM Android App

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    Asrar Ahmed Monday, 17 April 2017 19:57

    In that case one poor life worth $ 980 , so cheap , just like 3 goats at the current market price Shame less politicians who decide the amount spent Rs 60 million for a car , their monthly light bill comes lot more than Rs 100,000 I don't have words to describe my disappointment.

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    seqi Monday, 17 April 2017 21:11

    shouldnt the CMC be sued for incompetence.......heads should role...not that thatll make a difference.....but it might encourage the right questions to be asked via DM Android App

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    Dee Monday, 17 April 2017 21:46

    Insurance or not, its tax payers money. Doled out to those who live in unauthorised houses. You give em flats, they will rent it out and come and rebuild and wait for another disaster so that they can make money.

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    Sunil Tuesday, 18 April 2017 08:38

    These people were living in their own land, some of which had been handed down from generation to generation. It is the government that went on dumping garbage at their backyards until the earth could hold no more.

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    Dee Tuesday, 18 April 2017 10:00

    Yeah right? We've seen many. All over the country. Innocent people. Who love riversides, railway line sides, dump sides and canal sides.

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