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Sri Lanka Covid-19 heathcare fund totals Rs585mn

FUEL LINE: People stand in a queue to buy kerosene oil at a fuel station during a nationwide curfew to stop the spread of COVID-19 novel coronavirus in Colombo on April 7, 2020.

ECONOMYNEXT – A fund started by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to help fight Coronavirus had drawn 585 million rupees with contributors ranging from pensioners to big companies, his office said.

Sarath Kumara Gurusinghe, a retired teacher from Nugegoda has donated his pension in April to the COVID – 19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund. Uyanahewage Ashoka who lost his vision has also donated 500,000 to the fund, the President’s media office said.

Minister Chamal Rajapaksa handed over a donation of Rs.25 million collected by the

The Essential Food Commodities Importers & Traders Association has given 25 million rupees, Sri Lanka Cricketers had given 25 million rupees.

Staff of the ministry of plantations industries and export agriculture and related agencies had collected 7 million rupees.

Airport and Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) Ltd., has given 10 million rupees.

The Public Officers’ Welfare Association and Irrigation Engineering Diplomate Association has given million rupees each

The Kalutara Bodhi Trust Fund has given 10 million rupees, Mano Sekaram 5 million rupees, Association of University Administrators 2.5 million rupees, Immigration and Emigration Officers Association 550,000, Public Finance Department 125,000 and National Youth Services Council 1.5 million rupees.

Donations would be credited to account number 85737373 at the Corporate Branch of the Bank of Ceylon.

Foreigners had also contributed the statement said.

Deposits can be made through cheques or telegraphic transfers. K B Egodawele (tell +94112354354 Director General (Administration) of the Presidential Secretariat will assist donors.

Donations to COVID – 19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund have been exempted from taxes and foreign exchange regulations. (Colombo/Apr10/2020)

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