ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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underwent a number of changes over the years and was replaced in 1979 with the FSP. The basic household income ceiling for eligibility is 300 (Sri Lankan) rupees per month with upward adjustments for the household size. The money vlaue of the food stamps is linked to the age composition of the household. At the end of 1983, seven million persons or about 46 per cent of the population were receiving food stamps. The mean monthly income of beneficiary households was Rs 165 and the average value of food stamps at Rs 91 per month amounted to a significant income supplement. The cost of the programme in 1984 was estimated at Rs 1,510 million representing about 7 per cent of public expenditure. In view of the high co . to the exchequer, the government has curtailed the value of food stamps to the 1979 level and has frozen the number of beneficiaries from 1980. The case study argues that it will be desirable to restrict the coverage and index the value of stamps for inflation. Otherwise, with the freeze on numbers and value, deserving poor households will increasingly be left out of the FSP and those included in it will derive progressively lower real transfers.

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