Govt. to provide relief to people living in COVID-19 affected areas

Govt. to provide relief to people living in COVID-19 affected areas

Govt. to provide relief to people living in COVID-19 affected areas

Written by Zulfick Farzan

28 Oct, 2020 | 9:45 am

Colombo (News 1st); The Government said it would provide immediate relief to the people living in areas that are under quarantine curfew and have been declared as isolated areas.

Joint Cabinet Spokesperson Minister (Dr.) Ramesh Pathirana speaking to News 1st said the Government is monitoring the situation in those areas.

People living in estates or employed at estates and related government companies would be given a reasonable wage or half of the monthly salary, following government intervention, he said.

It is impossible to re-open school given the present situation, said the Minister adding the people must pay close attention to follow a healthy lifestyle and follow the health guidelines in order to prevent the spread of the virus.

Further, the Government stated necessary measures are in place to ensure essential services operate in an efficient, transparent, and continuous manner.

The Presidential Task Force on Economic Revival and Poverty Eradication in a statement said a special process is in place to provide a two-week supply of food items to families placed under home-quarantine.

Further, families in areas completely isolated for a week will be provided with the Rs. 5000/- allowance.

The Presidential Task Force on Economic Revival and Poverty Eradication had discussed providing a continuous supply of electricity, water, fuel, gas, transport services, health facilities even in the midst of a crisis situation.

The Chair of the Presidential Task Force on Economic Revival and Poverty Eradication Basil Rajapaksa had instructed the District Secretaries and the Post-Master General to home deliver the public aid and pensions of people living in affected areas.

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