Colombo, Sep 20 (BAN/ AD): Starting November 2019 Rs 6000 interim monthly allowance will be paid to family members of missing persons. The announcement was made by Minister of Finance Mangala Samaraweera. Finance ministry sources say these persons also include the family members of the armed forces and the Police missing in action.
Family members have been undergoing tremendous hardships caused by missing family members. The Office on Missing Persons, in its interim report published in August 2018, had recommended providing interim relief to the families of missing persons who have Certificates of Absence. The 2019 Budget incorporated these recommendations.
The interim relief is a Rs. 6000 monthly bank deposit to the recipient of a Certificate of Absence. So-far 656 Certificates of Absence have been issued to the families of missing persons in both the North and the South, some of whom include the families of armed forces personnel who are missing in action.