(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – The Cabinet has given approval to set up a Trust Fund to secure the future of 33 children who were orphaned by the Easter Sunday attacks.
The Treasury has already allocated Rs.100 million to set up the fund and it is expected to receive over Rs. 300 million from external grants. In addition, the children will also be provided with assistance through the Office of Reparations.
The Ministry of Health has made arrangements to provide overseas treatment if needed for those who are currently receiving medical treatment.
The government has also made arrangements to pay a compensation of one million rupees for a death and a maximum of Rs 500,000 for an injured person and compensation for damaged property.
As of 21st June, the government has paid Rs. 233.46 million as compensations for the victims of the Easter Sunday Attacks. Out of the total, Rs. 180.76 million has been paid for the 184 cases of deaths and Rs. 52.7 million for the 399 injured.
Another Rs. 25 million released as advance payment for the three churches that were bombed. In addition, the Sri Lanka Army and the Sri Lanka Navy are currently engaged in the reconstruction of St. Sebastian Church in Katuwapitiya, Zion Church in Batticaloa and St. Anthony’s Church in Kochchikade, Colombo, which were damaged due to the bomb blasts. Has been released.
The government has also taken steps to pay compensations to the properties damaged during the anti-Muslim attacks in several areas such as Minuwangoda, Kuliyapitiya and Hettipola following the Easter Sunday attacks.
The Office of Reparations has been advised to pay an advance to most businesses to commence business activities until the full compensation is paid.
The public is requested to contact the Director of the Office of Reparations Ananda Wijepala on 0112-575803 / 0112-575813 / 0112-575826 or fax number 0112-575815 if there is any problem regarding the payment of compensation.