Under privileged children get savings books
Lakshmi DE SILVA
Finance and Government Revenue Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya
distributed Ran Piyawara - Ran Semaruma savings bank account books to
12,500 children of under privileged families in the Kegalle District.
"Schoolchildren between five to 15 years received the special savings
accounts to inculcate the savings habit from their young days so that
they would make use of their savings to further studies and for other
necessities," the Minister said.
Several banks including People's Bank, State Mortgage and Investment
Bank, Bank of Ceylon and National Savings Bank provided assistance to
this special Ran Piyawara- Ran Semaruma Project. Monitoring and
supervision of the project will be done to encourage students to save
more, he said.
In addition to the savings account a gift package worth Rs. 1,000 was
given to each child which contained school books, bag and other
educational equipment and material, the Minister said.