Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa presenting insurance certificates to members of the Maha Sangha under the new medical insurance scheme of the Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation.

The introduction of a medical insurance scheme from Sri Lanka Insurance for the immediate family members of the Maha Sangha was held at Temple Trees yesterday under the patronage of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.

The Prime Minister presented insurance certificates to the Maha Sangha while introducing new medical insurance scheme of Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation.

Under the insurance scheme a maximum of Rs.15,000 at Rs.1,000 per day will be provided to the mother, father, brothers and sisters of Maha Sangha when they are admitted to a government hospital or a private hospital.

Also a sum of up to a maximum of Rs.25,000 - for a medical examination at a hospital or for medicines will be provided.

Only Rs. 2,000 is required to pay for this annually and it is possible to offer this to Maha Sangha by devotees. It was also emphasized at the event that plans were afoot to extend this insurance scheme to family members of non-Buddhist clergy as well.

Also, the Prime Minister in his capacity as the Minister of Housing has stated that money has already been allocated for the “Mihindu Niwasa” scheme to provide homes for homeless parents who have donated their children to the Sasana.

The Most Venerable Diviyagaha Yasassi Thera, paid tribute to the Prime Minister for his service to the Buddha Sasana.

As per the instructions of the Prime Minister, financial allocations have already been made for the construction of 2,000 houses at a cost of Rs. 600,000 per house for the parents of Buddhist monks who own land but are unable to build a house.