May 22, Colombo: Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi says the Rs 5,000 allowance given to the people who have lost their daily income due to COVID-19 pandemic, for the month of May will be paid in the coming week.
The Minister said measures are being taken to pay Rs.25,359 million to 5,071,892 families for the month of May.
The Minister said Rs.3,888 million would be provided to the Kidney patients, the Disabled and the Elderly persons as relief for the month of May.
She further said the recipients will be informed of the date of arrival of Samurdhi Development Officers to the villages and the concession would be distributed to 100 families at a time to avoid crowding.
She made these remarks at the media briefing at the National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO).
According to a statement on cabinet decisions the government has spent an amount between Rs 2500 and 3000 million in April for providing the fs.5000 allowance for low income people and expects to spend Rs. 25,720 million to provide 5,144,046 persons with the allowance in May 2020.
The Cabinet of Ministers has considered obtaining a short loan on behalf of the Department of Samurdhi Development in order to secure additional funds of Rs. 16 billion and to authorize the Secretary to the Treasury to carry out related activities.