'Manusavi' Pension Scheme launched for SL migrant workers | Daily News

'Manusavi' Pension Scheme launched for SL migrant workers

Labour and Foreign Employment Minister Manusha Nanayakkara on Monday launched the Manusavi Social Security Contributory Pension Scheme fulfilling a long standing aspiration of the country’s migrant workers.

The Minister on the occasion also vowed to initiate a social security network that will secure the lives of every worker in this country in the future.

The Manusavi, which was introduced to strengthen the retirement life of those engaged in foreign employments in accordance with the Minister’s convept, launched at the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE) Auditorium.

The Minister. while launching the Manusavi Social Security Contributory Pension Scheme for Sri Lankan migrant workers also said that in the name of humanity, the yeomen service rendered by the migrant workers has to be appreciated towards the wellbeing and development of the country. “Today we are appreciating and showing our gratitude to our migrant workers who have made enormous sacrifices on behalf of the country. They are helping the country get the oil, medicine, and LP gas, which are in short supply. Their services have not been appreciated as they should have been for a long time,” the Minister added.

The Minister also said that the Social Security Board, Social Empowerment Ministry and Foreign Employment Bureau have done exceptional work to introduce the programme.

“A migrant worker can join this pension scheme at the time of going abroad for employment. If a monthly amount of US$ 11 is directed to this for four years according to one's discretion, after 55 years, a monthly pension of a minimum of Rs. 20,000 will be entitled for a migrant worker at the start. That's the starting point. But a migrant worker has the opportunity to choose a plan of his or her choice according to their wishes. You have the freedom to plan your future retirement according to your salary and wishes. In the future, efforts will be made to improve this and expand its benefits further. The Social Security Ministry and the Social Security Board have a leading responsibility in further developing this programme. We want to stabilise the people of the country in a good social security programme. We want to create a social safety net that can protect every person in society,” he added.

The Minister also said that foreign remittances, which had fallen to US$ 220, became US$ 320 by August.

Due to the Government’s efforts, the airport created a gateway of hope for migrant workers who received step motherly treatment, the Minister said.

“We gave them the highest duty free relief in the history of this country. A vehicle import permit was provided to give value to their remittances at a time when no one in the country could import a vehicle. The rules and regulations that hindered immigration were amended. We should extend the hands of humanity to them for their duty to the country. While doing all this in a very short period, there was another thing that could not be done for a long time. We talked about this since 2012. In the 2015 policy statement of the Government, it is also said that a pension will be provided for migrant workers. But it could not be implemented until this moment," the Minister said.

Labour and Foreign Employment State Minister Jagath Pushpakumara, Social Empowerment State Minister Anupa Pascual also spoke. Secretary to the Labour and Foreign Employment Ministry R.P. A. Wimalaweera, Foreign Employment Bureau Chairman Mahendra Kumarasinghe, General Manager Priyantha Senanayake, Sri Lanka Social Security Board Chairman Saman Hadaragama, General Manager Prasanna Kaluarachchi and many other officials were present.


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