President announces several relief measures due to Covid-19 outbreak

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has announced several relief measures which will be granted to the general public who have been affected by the outbreak of Coronavirus in the country.

All relief measures will come into effect from today (23), the President’s Media Division said.

The President has ordered the Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, the Secretaries of all ministries, General Secretaries of Provincial Councils and the heads of all banks, financial institutions and leasing companies to take necessary steps to ensure the public receives these relief measures.

The relief measures are as follows:

The deadline for payment of value-added tax (VAT), income tax, driving license renewal fees, water/electricity bills below Rs 15,000, assessment tax, validity period of bank cheques and credit card payments below Rs 50,000 have been extended until April 30, 2020.

A grace period of 6 months will be granted for the lease payment on three-wheelers.

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