Samurdhi beneficiaries across the island will receive the Samurdhi allowance increased by 28% from today.
Accordingly the government hopes to spend Rs.65,000 million to provide allowances for Samurdhi beneficiaries in 2022.
Plans are in place to provide an allowance of Rs.4,500 for a family unit that was receiving Rs.3,500 while a family unit that was receiving Rs.2,500 will receive Rs.3,200.
State Minister Shehan Semasinghe said a family unit that received Rs.1,500 will now receive an allowance of Rs.1,900.
Accordingly 1,767,000 families receiving the Samurdhi benefit across the island will receive the increased Samurdhi allowance from today.
Meanwhile speaking during an event at the Dickwella Divisional Secretariat in Matara, Minister Dullas Alahapperuma said the people must understand the importance of the government providing concessions despite the many economic challenges faced by the country at present.
Minister Dullas Alahapperuma said Samurdhi beneficiaries are among the lowest income earners in the country adding that the Samurdhi benefit will increase by 23 percent for all Samurdhi beneficiaries.
He added the Samurdhi benefit is being increased at a time the country is facing financial difficulties.
Minister Alahapperuma said the best method to determine the success of a government is to look into how it safeguarded the citizens and children of the country during a disaster, and overcame the situation.
Joining the event State Minister Kanchana Wijesekera said income avenues had reduced and expenses had increased globally, during the past two years.
State Minister Wijesekera claimed the public may wonder if the pandemic resulted in the increase in prices of goods only in Sri Lanka, based on statements made by the opposition.
He stated however the government cannot control the prices of gas and fuel, as it is not produced locally.
State Minister Wijesekera said if the prices of gas and fuel are not increased in line with the increase in the country it is produced in, it will impact the economy.
He added therefore prices must be increased.
The State Minister said the government has allocated funds to increase sources of income in line with the increase in prices.