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Integrated social welfare register to reduce ghost beneficiaries

The Prime Minister’s office said that once the program is completed, it will be very useful in streamlining social welfare handouts, better targeting and reducing ‘ghost’ beneficiaries, if any. The Ministry of National Policies and Economic Affairs, through the Department of Project Management and Monitoring, with technical assistance of ICTA, has prepared a single window for an Integrated Social Welfare Register.The register is based on the recipient’s unique National Identify Card (NIC) number, for all handouts from Ministries, Provincial Councils and Local Authorities. Currently 80% of data has been uploaded to the system and further refining is in progress, the Prime Minister’s office said. The Government says the introduction of the ‘Adhaar’ program in India, with a unique number for all social payment beneficiaries, has resulted in substantial elimination of ghost beneficiaries. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Girl 8 who wrote letter to someone in Paris receives reply from

first_imgIris Corbett The letter Iris received She became so determined to find out more about the country after the lesson ended that she wrote a letter directly to the capital city.Not knowing who to write to, Iris simply addressed the envelope to “Somewhere in Paris, any house” and put it in the post with a first class stamp six weeks ago. Iris was stunned when she received a replyCredit:Dave Evitts / SWNS.com “I didn’t know who to address it to so just put ‘Somewhere in Paris, any house’ and hoped it would be delivered somewhere.”I didn’t know if I would get a reply but was really happy when the Louvre wrote back. I can’t wait to go to Paris and visit the places I have learned about.”Iris asked three questions about the capital, including if the Eiffel Tower was lit up each night, what food was popular in France and how it felt after France’s Euro 2016 final loss. An eight-year-old girl who wrote a letter addressed to “Somewhere in Paris, any house” was shocked to receive a reply from the Louvre Museum.Iris Corbett wrote the note, including three questions about the famous city, the food, and its culture, after learning about France at school. Iris, from West Bridgford, Nottingham, said: “I really enjoyed learning about France at school and especially Paris.”I wanted to know more about their favourite food and the Eiffel Tower so wrote my questions out on paper and put it in an envelope. I can’t wait to go to Paris and visit the places I have learned aboutIris Corbett The letter Iris receivedCredit:Dave Evitts / SWNS.com She received a letter two weeks ago from the Louvre Museum thanking her for her interest.The letter answered each of Iris’s questions – including if the Eiffel Tower was lit up every night – and invited her to visit with her family next year. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more