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* Sri Lankan households without electricity to receive a kerosene subsidy
Fri, Feb 17, 2012, 10:39 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 17, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has decided to provide a kerosene subsidy to the low income households that do not have electricity.

The Economic Development Ministry says that a kerosene subsidy of Rs. 200 per month would be provided to each household with effect from February 15th as relief for the increased fuel prices.

The government raised the kerosene prices by 49 percent with effect from last Sunday. A liter of kerosene, which was Rs 71 before the increase, now stands at Rs. 106, an increase of Rs. 35.

An estimated 500,000 households are to receive this subsidy including those in the estate sector.

The subsidy would be distributed through the Samurdhi Commissioner General and the Divisional Secretariats.

According to the Ministry, the subsidy programme is to commence on the 19th from 330 divisional secretariats island wide.

The government has allocated a sum of Rs. 80 million to provide the subsidy.

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