ECONOMYNEXT- Sri Lanka has spent 138 billion rupees on combating a COVID-19 pandemic and relief for the public as well as state agencies with low revenues, since March 2020 State Minister for Money and Capital Markets Ajith Nivard Cabraal said.
He said in 2020, the government spent 96.05 billion on COVID-19 while so far in 2021 government has spent 41.9 billion.
“The government has directly spent Rs 138 billion on COVID-19 in 2020 and 2021 so far,” he told parliament on March 18.
He said 56,593 million was spent for the first round of a 5000 rupee allowance that was given to affected families by COVID-19 in April and May 2020.
“A total amount of 29,045 million rupees has been spent so far for quarantine processes, health infrastructure facilities, medicine and supply services,” Cabraal said.
Relief given through the District Secretariats in Gampaha, Colombo, Kalutara, Kurunegala, Batticaloa and Rathnapura districts which were affected most by the COVID second wave in October and November in 2020 had cost 7,073 million rupees.
“2,846 million rupees was spent for the 10,000 rupee pack of food items given for the families who were quarantined in their homes gave while 311 million was spent to provide assistance to government institutions which had low revenue due to COVID-19,” he said.
Another 102 million has been spent by District and Divisional Secretariats to provide other facilities and Rs 88 million was spent to purchase agriculture products from farmers. (Colombo/May18/2021)