Rs 5,000 allowance cost Govt Rs 7.7B
By Faadhila Thassim
A total of Rs 7.7 billion was distributed amongst Samurdhi recipients, low-income earners, and those who had lost their income due to the COVID-19 pandemic, by way of the payment of Rs 5,000 allowance from 2 to 10 June, SLPP MP Ranjith Bandara said.
He added a total of 88 per cent of Samurdhi recipients, low-income earners, and those who had lost their income due to the COVID-19 pandemic had received their Rs 5,000 allowance within eight days.
Bandara said over 178,000 families in Colombo and Gampaha alone had received this allowance, adding that the distribution is taking place at a rapid pace in order to support these affected families.
While the payment of the Rs 5000 allowance commenced on 2 June, State Minister of Samurdhi, Household Economy, Micro Finance, Self-Employment and Business Development, Shehan Semasinghe previously stated that it would be first paid to Samurdhi recipients. Semasinghe further stated that a total of six to 6.5 million families are entitled to the allowance and that the Government has made the necessary allocations.