Debt relief programme for women in drought affected areas

Budget Speech para. 193: "We have provided debt relief to around 45,000 women who are residents of the drought-affected districts of Trincomalee, Ampara, Batticaloa, Jaffna,Mulaitivu, Kilinochchi, Vauvuniya, Mannar, Kurunegala, Puttalam, Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa, who have availed themselves of micro-finance loans, up to a maximum of Rs.100,000 (initial capital) and outstanding for at least 3 consecutive months, since June 2018. This initial step will be followed up with concessionary loans from the “Enterprise Sri Lanka” program and the Cooperative movement, in order that this situation is mitigated in the future."

  • Allocation (Rs. Mn)500
  • SectorSocial Welfare
  • Ministry / Government Institution : Ministry of Finance, Economy and Policy Development

Openness Tracker


Information on progress was obtained through the Action Plan and Progress Report provided in response to the request for information filed under the Right to Information Act No 12 of 2016.

Progress Tracker


Based on the information made available, progress as at 31 December 2019 was assessed as 100% of the target set for 2019. The RTI response received states that Rs. 420 mn of the allocation was disbursed. However, the disbursement benefitted 45,139 recipients compared to a target of 45,000, hence is considered fulfilled.

Agency Openness Ranking 1

Ministry of Finance, Economy and Policy Development was one of the five government institutions ranked 1st out of the 16 government institutions assessed in 2019. The rank was determined based on the weighted average score of 75 received by the ministry (weighted average based on allocation). This score was based on the disclosure of information on 5 proposals assessed in 2019, which were under the purview of the ministry.

Budget Speech para. 20, para. 102, para. 150, para. 170 and para. 193: Fully usable information for all five proposals was obtained through requests filed under the Right To Information Act and was received within the stipulated timelines.

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Sources of Information

  • Budget Tracker - Website RTI