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Rs. 5,000 allowance for families who lost their income due to X-Press Pearl crisis

Gampaha District Secretary Sunil Jayalath says that an allowance of Rs. 5,000 will be given to 9,883 fishing families who lost their livelihoods due to the incident on the X-Press Pearl ship from June 15.

It has been identified that 7,753 fishing families have lost their income due to this incident and 2,130 families who were engaged in occupations such as drying, net saving and net making have lost their income.

Meanwhile, there are 8,033 fishing families in the Negombo Divisional Secretariat Division, 1,565 fishing families in the Wattala Divisional Secretariat Division, 247 fishing families in the Katana Divisional Secretariat Division and 78 fishing families in the Ja-Ela Divisional Secretariat Division.

Therefore, the government has allocated Rs. 49,415,000 to provide an allowance of Rs. 5,000 to 9,883 families who lost their livelihoods in connection with the ship incident.

Minister of State for Fisheries Kanchana Wijesekera, Minister of Tourism Prasanna Ranatunga and Minister of State Nimal Lanza had lengthy discussions regarding the fishermen who lost their livelihood due to the incident.

The Minister of Tourism Prasanna Ranatunga emphasized the need to provide relief to these fishermen as soon as possible and the Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa also instructed to take steps to provide relief to the fishermen as soon as possible.