A sum of Rs. 6.7 million had been spent for the felicitation ceremony which was conducted in the Nelum Pokuna Theatre on July 31, 2018 when Health, Nutrition & Indigenous Medicine Minister Rajith Senaratne was awarded with the “Suwapathi Kirula” title, the Health Ministry informed Parliament.
The ceremony was held to felicitate Dr. Senaratne, who had been unanimously elected as a Vice Chairman of the World Health Organisation (WHO) during its Executive Committee Meeting held in Geneva in May last year.
Accordingly, a sum of Rs. 6,766,750 had been spent for the event. The ministry also informed Parliament that the ceremony was organized by the Sri Lanka Office of the World Health Organization and health trade union federation.
The following institutions had borne the relevant expenditure for the event;
WHO had spent Rs. 1,584,950, Thriposa Limited – Rs. 140,000, National Authority on Tobacco & Alcohol - Rs. 1,000,000, State Pharmaceuticals Manufacturing Corporation – Rs. 999,975, Laugfs Life Science private company – Rs. 500,000, State Pharmaceutical Corporation – Rs. 1,000,000 and Trade Unions – Rs. 1,541,825.