Rs 400M allocated to provide Rs 5,000 to the affected
By Thameenah Razeek
The Government has allocated Rs 400 million to provide an allowance of Rs 5,000 to the people in the Gampaha District, who have lost their livelihood due to the imposition of curfew following the recent COVID-19 outbreak.
Minister Prasanna Ranatunga said, the allocation was made by the Ministry of Finance with the special intervention of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Economic Revival and Poverty Alleviation Basil Rajapaksa.
Arrangements have been made to provide this Rs 5,000 to 72,345 families in the Minuwangoda, Divulapitiya, Attanagalla and Mirigama Divisional Secretariats in the Minuwangoda, Divulapitiya and Veyangoda Police Divisions, including the five villages where curfew was first imposed and traffic is currently restricted under the first phase.
When contacted, Gampaha District Secretary Sunil Jayalath said arrangements have been made to provide this allowance from tomorrow (20). He said this amount is to be paid in coordination with the Samurdhi Development Department as done previously when the pandemic first broke out.
He said he had requested the Ministry of Finance, on the instructions of Basil Rajapaksa and Minister Ranatunga, to provide the funds under the second phase to the people living in the other 16 Police divisions in the Gampaha District where the curfew has been imposed.
Steps will be taken to provide this allowance to the people of the area in the future. The families affected by COVID-19 were identified through the Village Committees appointed in the respective Grama Niladhari Divisions on the earlier occasions and the allowance will be given to those families this time as well, the District Secretary said.
Ranatunga had last week requested the President to provide an allowance of Rs 5,000 to the people of the Gampaha District who lost their livelihood due to the imposition of the curfew.