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* Nearly Rs. 5 bn allocated to provide financial assistance to low income families
Thu, Oct 4, 2018, 10:24 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Oct 04, Colombo: The government has allocated Rs. 4.95 billion to provide financial assistance to low income families, elderly, disabled and kidney patients, said the State Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs, Niroshan Perera.

For the remaining three months of this year, Rs. 990 million has been allocated while Rs. 3.69 billion allocated for 2019.

There are about 1.9 million elderly people in Sri Lanka who are economically inactive and it is about 74% of the elderly, said the State Minister.

At present, the government is spending more than Rs 830 million for 417,000 elderly people and over Rs. 90 million for 32000 differently-abled persons while the government has allocated Rs. 120 million for 24000 kidney patients, State Minister Niroshan Perera said.


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