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Samurdhi Officers get pensions right with absorption in to a new Department

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On a proposal made by Mr. Basil Rajapaksa, Minister of Economic Development the Cabinet decided to establish a new department called Department of Divi Neguma Combined Rural Development

This will be established amalgamating the institutions such as the Department of Samurdhi Commissioner General, Sri Lanka Samurdhi Authority, Department of Upcountry Peasantry Rehabilitation, Sri Lanka Udarata Development Authority and the Sri Lanka Southern Development Authority.

The objective of this new move is to implement the program of One million Domestic Economic Units as announced by H.E. the President in the Budget 2011 and empowerment of Rural Economy in a combine manner

When the staff of the Samurdhi Authority is absorbed into this new department, all  Samurdhi staff will be granted pensionable status from the date of their first appointment.

A voluntary Retirement scheme will be implemented for those who are unwilling to come under this programme of converting all these institutions in to a single Department.

The Head office of this new Department will be located out of Colombo while three Regional Offices will be set up as the Northern Regional Office, Up country Regional Office and the Southern Regional Office.