Issuing a news release, Director General of Government Information Nalaka Kaluwewa said the Government has spent Rs.68.64 billion of public funds so far on COVID-19 measures and of that the highest amount has been allocated to provide the families with the Rs. 5,000 allowance during the lockdown period. Accordingly, 12.7 million families have received this concessionary allowance during this period.
Out of 12.7 million families, 11.3 million families had received this allowance in April and May and 1.4 million families had received it during October and November.
In addition, 46, 411 families, which are undergoing home quarantine, had received the essential goods pack worth Rs.10, 000 distributed by the Government, he said.
Meanwhile, the total amount of expenditure borne by the Ministry of Health and Indigenous Medicine over the COVID-19 related activities including the quarantine process, supply of medicine and infrastructure facilities exceeds Rs.4,326 million.
The Ministry of Agriculture has spent Rs.126 million for the purchase of agri products from farmers who were facing difficulties in selling their harvest due to the impact of the pandemic.
The Government had also allocated Rs.78 million for COVID-19 related activities through the District Secretaries during the same period to provide relief to the public.
“The above mentioned ministries had also spent a considerable amount of money given to them through the 2020 budgetary allocations in addition to these Government-allocated monies,” he added.“The Government’s programme to provide relief to the people affected by the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic will be continuing through the relevant line ministries and the District Secretaries,” the DG further said.
The islandwide lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Sri Lanka was first imposed on Friday, March 20 and the second wave in the country was detected on Sunday, October 4.