Cabinet has approved a decision to pay 6000 rupees as compensation to families affected by the drought including those in the North Central province.
The cabinet proposal in this regard was submitted by President Mahinda Rajapakse.
Accordingly the Economic Development Ministry will conduct a survey to ascertain the families in need of the compensation.
Cabinet Spokesperson Minister Keheliya Rambukwella made this revelation at the press briefing to inform cabinet decisions held in Colombo this morning.
According to the cabinet proposal the compensation will be paid in return for 8-12 days of work a month on maintenance of irrigation systems in the area.
Meanwhile, the press council law amendment also received cabinet approval.
According to the proposed amendment all websites including those currently registered with the Ministry of Mass Media and Information will need to re-register with the Ministry.
Furthermore website registration will cost a fee of 100,000 rupees with a 50,000 rupee annual fee.