Covid-19 Fund surpasses Rs one billion | Sunday Observer

Covid-19 Fund surpasses Rs one billion

Chairman, Sri Lanka Telecom, Rohan Fernando handing over a cheque for Rs.50 millions to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat on Friday. The Chief Executive Officer of Mobitel, Nalin Perera and other members of the Board of Directors were also present.
Chairman, Sri Lanka Telecom, Rohan Fernando handing over a cheque for Rs.50 millions to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat on Friday. The Chief Executive Officer of Mobitel, Nalin Perera and other members of the Board of Directors were also present.

As the Covid–19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund surpassed one billion rupees, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa promised to make the Fund’s audited reports public to ensure transparency.

Set up by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on March 23, the Fund is expected to supplement Covid-19 relief efforts. “The Fund’s balance reached Rs.1064.4 million last week, the PMD said in a release.

The President also donated his salary for three months, Rs. 292,500 to the Covid-19 Fund last Thursday thereby setting an example. The respective cheque was handed over to the Secretary to the President P. B. Jayasundara.

The Sri Lanka Telecom PLC and Mobitel (Pvt) Ltd on Friday (May 15) donated Rs.50 million to the Covid-19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund. Chairman of Sri Lanka Telecom, Rohan Fernando handed over the cheque to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat on Friday.

The National Medicines Regulatory Authority has donated Rs. 50 million and handed over the cheque to President Rajapaksa. Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi and top officials of the National Medicines Regulatory Authority were present at the occasion.

The other donations made to the Fund include Rs.10 million by Naturub Industries (Pvt) Ltd, Rs.300,000 by High Court Judges’ Association, Rs.100,000 by Mr. Ticil Coorey, Rs. one million by Association of former Cabinet Ministry Secretaries, Rs. One million by Sri Lanka Podujana Engineering Front, Rs. two million by the Football Federation of Sri Lanka, Rs.1.2 million by Bharti Airtel Lanka (Pvt) Ltd, Rs. one million by Certis Lanka Security Solution (Pvt) Ltd, Rs. one million by Mr. Richard Fernando and Rs.50,000 by Mr. S.A. Samaratunga.

All donations will be credited to the special account opened at the Corporate Branch of the Bank of Ceylon, Ac No 85737373

Local as well as foreign donors have made contributions. Donations to Covid–19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund have been exempted from taxes and foreign exchange regulations. Deposits can be made through cheque or telegraphic transfer.

Further details can be obtained from Major General (Retired) K.B. Egodawele, Director General (Administration) of the Presidential Secretariat. Tel 011 – 2354479 / 011 – 2354354. 

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