ECONOMYNEXT – State-run Sri Lanka Insurance has started a medical insurance scheme for family members of Buddhist monks, which will provide hospitalization and diagnostic testing cover.
Style Nagaraja Shakyaputhra Gnathi medical insurance, it will provide medical cover to the mother, father and brothers and sisters of a Buddhist monk.
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa handed over the first policies to a group of monks at the official resident of Temple Trees, his media office said.
For an annual premium of 2,000 rupees, a cover of 1,000 rupees a day up to a maximum of 15,000 will be given for hospitalization in a private or state hospital.
For diagnostic tests or medicine during hospitalization another 25,000 rupees would be given.
It is suggested that devotees could gift a 2,000 rupee policy to a Buddhist monk.
There were plans to extend the scheme to other religions as well, the statement said.
The budget had also allocated fund to provide a house for parents who had given children to become Buddhist monks under the ‘Mihindu Nivasa’ scheme.
If the parents had a land and no house, 600,000 rupees would be given. (Colombo/Jan08/2020)