11The District event, in line with the National Ceremony of awarding New Samurdhi Benefits was held at the Gankanda Vidyalaya ground, Pelmadulla on 14.06.2019 under the patronage of Minister of Primary industries and Social Empowerment Hon. Daya Gamage.

There are 24947 new Samurdhi beneficiaries of which 4500 were awarded with benefits.

Minister of Public Management and Disaster Management Hon. Ranjith Maddumabandara, Minister of Justice and Prison Reforms Hon. Thalatha Athukorala, Deputy Minister of Vocational training and Skills Development Hon. Karunarathna Paranavithana, Hon. A.A. Wijethunga MP, Hon. Hesha Vithanage M.P. together with other political authority as well as Public Officers including District Secretary of Ratnapura Mrs. Malani Lokupothagama Director General of Samurdhi Development Department Mr. S.T.R.E.M.S.P. Bandara were present at the occasion.