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Rs. 35 bn allocated to pay Rs. 5,000 allowance - Minister

Vaccination happening in more than 4,000 centres

The government has so far spent Rs.286 billion on COVID-19 disease control and related activities, Cabinet Spokesman and Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said.

He said Rs.80 billion was spent for two tranches of the Rs.5,000 allowance given in the first wave and Rs.35 billion had been allocated for that purpose this time. He spoke to the media after a special discussion held at the Central Provincial Governor’s Office on Saturday.

The minister said the government is responsible for the money spent, whether from Samurdhi or elsewhere.

Rambukwella said that while vaccination programmes were being implemented in more than 4,000 locations across Sri Lanka, some were trying to point out shortcomings in three or four centres and insinuate that the entire vaccination programme was a failure. He invited people to think critically about how fair it is to condemn the whole vaccination programme for trivial issues.

The Minister said that no country in the world has controlled this pandemic within a specific framework and that the government is fully committed to implementing the health sector’s recommendations for disease control. He said that when the first dose of the Sputnik V vaccine was given, some media outlets had made a great effort to create a buzz among the people about the second dose. He also added that even though the media outlets exerted their best in provoking citizens, they kept confidence in the government and got themselves inoculated.

Central Province Governor Lalith U.Gamage, Agriculture Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage, State Minister Jeevan Thondaman and several other government and health officials were present at the meeting