80,000 soldiers belonging to the Volunteer Force of the Sri Lankan Army have obtained membership in the National Insurance Trust.
A notable feature is that the membership can be attained by making an annual payment of 2000 rupees. Ability to obtain membership after making a small monthly contribution is a significant feature. The agreement was reached in a discussion held between Chairman of the National Insurance Trust S.D. Abeygunasekere and the heads of the Volunteer Forces. An MOU was signed in this connection yesterday. A soldier who is a member of the trust will be granted 150,000 rupees during hospital surgery and 350 thousand rupees during heart surgery. For other surgeries 100 thousand rupees is being granted. For accidental death 600,000 rupees is being offered and for a natural death 50,000 rupees is being paid. The Sri Lanka Voluntary Forces have to make an annual allocation of 75 million rupees for the trust.