Government today presented to Parliament a supplementary estimate worth Rs 73.2 billion (Rs. 732,124,887,226 ) to be spent for the current COVID 19 pandemic and other expenses.
Through the supplementary estimate which was presented to the House by Chief Government Whip Johnston Fernando, the government seeks the approval of the house to spend for the pandemic related matters in all 24 districts including the North and the East. The government seeks to spend extra funds for the COVID treatment centres, to provide relief to those who are under quarantine and for the people affected by pandemic.
Also the government seeks the approval of Parliament to spend more funds for relief to fishermen to allocate Rs. 8.04 billion to settle the bills for the extension of Southern Highway from Matara to Hambantoa, A sum of Rs. 26 million is to be spent for the Sooriyawewa international cricket stadium.
Government also sought the House’s approval to spend Rs. 8.8 million to improve the building of the State Ministry of Coconut, Kithul, Palmyra and Rubber Cultivation Promotion and Related Industrial Product Manufacturing and Export Diversion.(Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana)