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Maha Sangam

Maha Sangam is the organ which provided leadership to implement the Samurdhi programme at divisional level more productively and efficiently and also to community organization structure formed at the divisional level.

VISION :To create an organized , creative and industrious community to combat the challenging issue of poverty.

MISSION : To provide organizational strength to the national exercise of poverty elimination by providing leadership to the divisional structures including small groups, rural societies and Samurdhi Banks, by making such structures meaningful and viable , by coordinating them both internally and externally and by getting the low income communities participated in the development process.

Fundamental Objectives

  • Strengthening of Samurdhi Corps , small groups, rural societies including community organization structure.
  • Providing guidance to low income recipients to have their livelihood development work expanded through collective activities.
  • Formation of an institutional structure for viable maintenance of micro financial needs and project activities of the low income recipients.
  • Formation of an efficient information exchange system which contributes to the empowerment of samurdhi recipients.


  • Expansion of sustainable livelihood development work at he general society level.
  • Building a strong and meaningful general membership structure.
  • Strengthening of the Community organizations structure.
  • Development and modernization of training centres.
  • Building a productive evaluation and operational process.


Samurdhi General Society is the pilot organization of the community organization network including small group village societies established throughout the island at one such society in each Divisional Secretary’s division Approximately 1.5 million families have rallied round these samurdhi general societies. Its organization is as follows

Small groups of Five Families.

This is a group of five low income families who mutually help each other with a team spirit. The village society is the society which is formed by bringing small groups of the division together for the purpose carrying out development work in the village.

Board of Management of the Samurdhi Bank.

This is established at he zonal level and consists of presidents of the village societies.

Samurdhi General Society (Maha Sangama)

This is the most vital level of the community organization which provides leadership to Samurdhi Bank Societies. There are members ranging from 2000 to 6000 and are managed by an executive committee. Activities relating to intellectual, economi and physical development needed for the community have been entrusted to this organization.

The topmost institution which organizes and empowers the low income recipients is the Divisional General Society and such general societies are led by the general societies division of the Samurdhi Authority.

Further, activities relating to the development of training centres are also entrusted to this division.

Address of the Maha Sangama :- Samurdhi Authority of Sri Lanka, 4th Floor, Sethsirpaya, Battaramulla.
Telephone :- 0112-872253 E-Mail Address :- mahasan[at]

For Residential Training Programme,

Assistant Director,

Nillambo Samurdhi Training and Rural Development Centre,
Wariyagala, Nillambo, Kandy
Telephone :- 081-3801889
For Residential :- 150

Assistant Director
Samanala Wewa Samurdhi Training Centre
Watawala, Mulgama, Balangoda.
Telephone : 045-3459821
For Residential :- 200

Guidance of Community Organization network and statutes,

  • Constitution of the Samurdhi Societies.
  • By laws of the Samurdhi Bank Societies.
  • Constitution of the Samurdhi Maha Sangam.

Monitoring and Evaluation

The lottery is administered in the following three ways.

  1. Operation
  2. Evaluation
  3. Progress Control
  4. Samurdhi lottery is implemented as a special programme.

Progress Controlling Process

A methodology of reviewing the progress at each level from the grassroot level to the national level has been formulated.

  1. Meetings of the small groups
  2. Meetings of the village societies
  3. Progress review meeting of zones / banks
  4. Progress review meeting at divisional level.
  5. Progress review meeting of Headquarter Managers.
  6. District Progress Review meeting of all managers.
  7. Meeting of the District Progress Managers.
  8. Meeting of the Samurdhi Deputy Directors of districts.
  9. Seminar of District Secretaries and Divisional Secretaries.

Samurdhi Housing Lottery Programme

This is a programme which provides an opportunity to a samurdhi recipient to claim a permanent house under a lottery draw conducted among the samurdhi recipient families under the theme “a house for every samurdhi recipient family

Fund :
Monthly payment of Rs. 10/- made by every samurdhi recipient. This has been entered in the relief card.

Management of the Fund :
By a board of 7 members appointed with the cabinet approval and by Housing Lottery regulations.

Period of Draw :
During the period of validity of the relief card issued by the Department of samurdhi commissioner general.

Process of the Draw :
Through a special computer programme is which names of all Samurdhi recipients in the stand during each period of draw.

Awarding Prizes :
To 103 winners is each month at Rs. 150,000/- per winner.

Eligibility for receiving prizes :

  • Should be a holder of a valid samurdhi relief card during the period of winning.
  • Should have paid contributions to the Samurdhi Housing Lottery during the relevant period.

Circumstances in which price money may be utilized :

  • To construct a new house.
  • To improve the existing house.
  • To purchase a land.
  • To any other purpose as requested by the winner subject to approval of the Divisional Secretary.

Release of funds for prizes won in the post.

Number of prizes
Amount of prizes (Rupees in million)
1. Sept-December 2001
400 60.00
2. January -April 2002
400 60.02
3. May-October 2002
600 90.00
4. Nov 2002-April 2003
600 90.00
5. May-December 2003
800 120.00
6. Year 2004
1200 180.00
7. Jan-July 2005
600 90.00
8. July-December 2005
618 92.7
9. January-June 2006
618 92.7
5, 836.00

Last Updated on Monday, 13 September 2010 15:23