The Government has decided to provide a special allowance of Rs.5000 to 100 000 more families. The number of families who receive the allowance currently is 5.4 million.
Families of persons who are self-employed and in need of relief are to be selected for this allowance. The families will be considered through the Grama Niladhari and Divisional Secretaries.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Passenger Transport Management says in a statement that they will be giving the same allowance for private bus drivers and conductors who operate private passenger services.