State Minister Dilum Amunugama says the Rs.2,000 allowance is being provided to low income earners only during the 10 days of quarantine curfew.
Speaking to media in Kandy today, the State Minister said while Rs.5,000 was granted monthly during an extended lockdown period, this time around Rs.2,000 is being provided for 10 days.
The State Minister said the quarantine curfew will not be extended beyond 14 days.
He acknowledged that while Rs.2,000 or Rs.5,000 will not be sufficient, the provision of some funds over nothing should be commended.
State Minister Amunugama said the government must look into the wellbeing of the public, despite the government’s current financial difficulties.
State Minister Dilum Amunugama commenting on a proposal by Minister Prasanna Ranatunga to donate a portion of salaries of both the state and private sector said, such a move alone will still not support the present situation.
He claimed that there are many who will not have meals owing to this closure, and therefore acknowledged that funds may have to be taken from those who have, to be distributed among those who don’t.
The State Minister said Members of Parliament and the state sector may have to contribute to this as well, adding that such a need has not arisen yet.
He noted that if the country is closed repeatedly, action will have to be taken as funds are depleting.
State Minister Amunugama added all members of the party are in agreement with the request made by Minister Ranatunga.