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.


KSRelief celebrates rehabilitation of 27 child soldiers in Yemen  

Updated 20 August 2018
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KSRelief celebrates rehabilitation of 27 child soldiers in Yemen  

MARIB, Yemen: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) held the closing ceremony of the second session of its fifth and sixth phases of the rehabilitation project of child soldiers in Yemen.

The center celebrated the rehabilitation of 27 children who were recruited by Houthi militias in Yemen from different cities across the war-torn nation. 

The child soldiers presented works of creativity in segments during the ceremony. Their presentations reflected how much they have changed during the process of rehabilitation, which lasted for an entire month. 

An exhibition also showed pictures of the social and psychological process they underwent to return to their normal lives, which would facilitate their integration back into the society. 

Marib’s deputy governor, Abed Rabbu Muftah, said the only place these children belong to is schools, as he thanked KSRelief for this humanitarian project, which aims to psychologically and educationally rehabilitate recruited and war-affected children in Yemen.