Govt. spends colossal sum to underprivileged people: Bandula

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By Sandun A Jayasekera   

The government has distributed a massive sum of Rs.3, 007 billion to the poorest of poor and Samurdhi families rendered helpless in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic, Government Spokesman cum Minister Bandula Gunawardana said.   


Minister Gunawardana told Daily Mirror that the Ministry of Women and Child Affairs and Social Security had provided a social benefit allowance of Rs.5, 000 to each person of targeted groups and all Samurdhi beneficiary family units who were deprived of their livelihoods directly or indirectly.   


“Beneficiaries who are entitled to elders’ allowance and elders who are over 100 years, beneficiaries who are entitled to the disabled allowance and kidney patients have been benefited under the prevailing epidemiological situation in the country,” he added.   


Presenting a breakdown of payments, Minister Gunawardana pointed out that the government in April had paid Rs.315 billion to 62, 9214 senior citizens including 400 senior citizens over 100 years of age, Rs.620 million to 123, 641 differently able men and women, Rs.221 million to 44, 291 chronic kidney diseases patients and Rs.257 billion to Samurdhi families.   


The Presidential Task Force in charge of Economic Revival and Poverty Eradication, on their meeting held on May 04,  decided to pay the allowance of Rs.5, 000 for the month of May 2020 to Samurdhi beneficiaries and to those  who had been identified as eligible beneficiaries.   


The Task Force has also decided to distribute a bag of rations to 50, 309 people stranded in the Western Province after the curfew was declared.   


Minister Gunawardana said the Cabinet approval was obtained last week to the amount of Rs.25, 720 Million from the General Treasury to pay the allowance of Rs.5, 000 for the month of May to Samurdhi beneficiaries and individuals who had been deprived of the daily livelihood due to the effect of Covid-19 outbreak.   

 

Cabinet approval was obtained last week to pay the allowance of Rs.5, 000 for the month of May

  Comments - 6

  • Noda KIng Monday, 18 May 2020 07:51 PM

    To me its the other way . Govt spends a colossal amount for OVERpriviledge people . Specially politicians .

    Raja Senanayake Friday, 22 May 2020 10:41 AM

    For how long wil this payment be made?

    Hans perlee Friday, 22 May 2020 12:31 PM

    Eradicate poverty by giving a handout of 5000 rupees. What can you do with that money. A family can eat for maybe 2 days?

    CITIZEN Friday, 22 May 2020 12:44 PM

    THERE ARE SEVERAL INDIVIDUALS WHO HELP THE REALLY UNDERPRIVILEGED IN MANY WAYS. GOVT MAKE THE PEOPLE TO UNDERGO MANY HARDSHIPS TO PAY THE 5,000

    CITIZEN Friday, 22 May 2020 12:48 PM

    THE 5,000 THAT THE GOVT IS HANDING OUT IS NOT RELIEF BUT SLPP POLITICAL PROPAGANDA. THERE ARE INDIVIDUALS WHO IDENTIFY (DISTRIBUTE OUT OF THEIR OWN FUNDS) THE UNDERPRIVILEGED ALL YEAR ROUND

    Dffg Saturday, 23 May 2020 07:22 PM

    Put this guy in the zoo. That is the only place this sort of liar suits


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