Sri Lankan group submits proposals for island’s budget

Updated 30 October 2015
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Sri Lankan group submits proposals for island’s budget

RIYADH: A Dammam-based umbrella organization called the ‘Sri Lankan Migrant Workers Alliance’ (SLMWA) has submitted a twenty-page national budget proposal to the Finance Ministry of Sri Lanka ahead of the island’s annual budget to be presented in Parliament next month.
The set of proposals was focused on the welfare of migrant workers which includes issues related to monthly payments for migrant workers, as well as in relation to retired, deceased, disabled, harassed, injured and repatriated (for valid reasons) workers. Other issues addressed by the budget include the BOI (Board of Investments) grade investment plan for migrant workers (with tax holidays, import concessions & state land lease), concession permits for commercial vehicles, industrial machinery, equipment, and concessionary personal vehicles for professionals (in order to maintain their living standards back home), education investment funds to establish community schools for migrant workers and standardised air fares for migrant workers.
There are nearly two million Sri Lankan migrant workers whose families live in the Middle East and other parts of the world — a number that is increasing daily.
Around 60 percent of Sri Lanka’s total foreign exchange earnings are contributed by migrant workers, and approximately 70 percent of them come from the Middle East alone.
Rakeeb Jaufer, Chief of the SLMWA in the Kingdom, said : “This proposal was drafted with the support of 25 Sri Lankan professionals living across the world.” He continued: “The ‘Sri Lankan Migrant Workers Alliance’ is an umbrella organization formed to gather the Sri Lankan Migrant community under a single entity to protect their rights.”
“This project was undertaken primarily in recognition of the fact that Sri Lanka is one of the major exporters of man-power in the world, with 15-20 percent of its voters living outside the country,” according to Jaufer. “External rights and voting facilities are therefore an important democratic tool among migrants to help individuals become stakeholders in their country’s affairs,” he concluded.


World Scouting, Saudi Arabian Scout Association discuss global assessment tool

SASA has been helping Hajj pilgrims for 47 years. (SPA)
Updated 13 November 2018
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World Scouting, Saudi Arabian Scout Association discuss global assessment tool

  • The association prepared for the jamboree by setting up a radio station in its headquarters of the association in Riyadh

JEDDAH: World Scouting, represented by the Global Support Assessment Committee (GSAT), held a meeting with the members of the secretariat of the Saudi Arabian Scout Association (SASA) at its headquarters in Riyadh on Sunday.
They discussed the final evaluation stages by using the Global Support Assessment Tool (GSAT) adopted by the World Scouting for the assessment of its member countries.
The meeting also reviewed the criteria for global evaluation and all its procedures to ensure quality.
The Saudi association joined the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) in 1963 and hosted the Arab Jamboree in Taif in 2000. There are over 50 million Scouts in the world and 28 million of them are Muslim.
SASA has been helping Hajj pilgrims for 47 years, adapting along the way to keep up with changing times and making use of new technologies.
Recently, SASA took part in the World Scout Jamboree Jota 61 on the Air and Joti 22 on the internet. The association prepared for the jamboree by setting up a radio station in its headquarters of the association in Riyadh.