Oct 02, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena today launched an insurance scheme for the benefit of the island's 4.5 million school children including student Buddhist monks.
Speaking at the ceremony held Monday at the Temple Trees to launch the 'Suraksha Insurance Scheme' for the children in Sri Lanka, the President said the current government is giving priority to the safety and the future of the children.
He said the government is following the United Nations and international charters, agreements and statements on children while fulfilling a comprehensive task beyond that for the children of the nation.
Suraksha is an accidental and death benefit insurance, introduced under the theme 'Sada Surakimu Daye Daruwan' is free for all school children in the country. The policy is implemented by the Ministry of Education and the government bears the cost.
Speaking further, the President said the government, in line with its policies, implemented number of programs for children in the last two and half years.
The insurance covers 4.5 million children of 11,242 schools throughout the island. The Ministry of Education and Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation will provide special benefits to the children under this insurance scheme. The objective of this insurance scheme is to make the school children healthy and pave the way for them to get the utmost use of the educational opportunities.
President Sirisena symbolically handed over documents of insurance to student Buddhist monks studying at Pirivenas and some school children.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, Ministers Akila Viraj Kariyawasam, Kabir Hashim, Vajira Abeywardena, Rauf Hakim, Daya Gamage, and Sarath Fonseka, State Ministers P. Radhakrishnan and Ruwan Wijewardene, MP Ravi Karunanayake and the Secretary to the Ministry of Education Sunil Hettiarachchi were among those participated in this occasion.