The Presidential Task Force on Economic Revival and Poverty Alleviation has informed government officials that essential services must be maintained efficiently, systematically and continuously, as they did in the past when the coronavirus spread.
The task force said it had been instructed to provide a package of a two-week supply of essential items to families quarantined at their homes.
Accordingly, Task Force Chairman Basil Rajapaksa has instructed the officials to carry out the task in a systematic manner with the assistance of Government Agents, Public Health Inspectors, Grama Officers and the Security Forces.
Meanwhile, the Task Force also focused on granting a grace period for loan installments during discussions with government officials at Temple Trees.
The Task Force said a decision was taken to provide Rs. 5,000 allowance for the areas that were completely closed for a week.
The Task Force also instructed officials to take all necessary steps to protect the elderly who may be at risk from the coronavirus. Therefore, the Government Agents and the Post Master General were instructed to take necessary steps to deliver public assistance and pensions to their homes, the Task Force said.
The Chairman of the Task Force Basil Rajapaksa addressing the discussion held at Temple Trees instructed the officials to formulate a proper system to provide essential services including electricity, water, fuel, gas, transport, health and highways to the people uninterrupted.