In yesterday’s cabinet press briefing (3rd January 2022), Finance Minister Basil Rajapksa announced the implementation of several relief measures to address the financial hardships endured as a result of Co-vid 19.
Starting January 2022, all government employees will be granted a special allowance of LKR 5000 per month. A special allocation of LKR 5000 will also be awarded to government pensioners and disabled army personnel.
Samurdhi beneficiaries will receive an additional LKR 1000 to their monthly allowance. The new allowance of Samurdhi beneficiaries is LKR 4500.
According to the minister, the government plans to purchase paddy from farmers for LKR 75 per kilogram in the Maha harvest season, an LKR 25 addition from the previous LKR 50 per kilogram. The minister emphasized that the government would bear the purchase cost.
Farmers engaged in home gardening on land less than 20 perches will receive LKR 5000 per month. An LKR 10,000 allowance will be granted to home gardening farmers where the land is more than 20 perches and less than one acre. It was also noted that every household engaged in the plantation sector would receive 15kg of wheat flour per month for LKR 80.
Furthermore, the minister mentioned that all essential food items and medicines would be exempt from taxes.
The minister also stated that the cabinet has decided to appoint a minister dedicated to each donor country and donor organization to address the economic issue currently plaguing the country.
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