Aasandha expenditure at MVR 599.8M

Aasandha insurance is available for Maldivians living abroad under the "Merana" scheme. (Sun File Photo)

Aasandha expenditure has increased to MVR 599.8 million.

Finance Ministry statistics for state expenditure show that MVR 599.8 million was spent on Aasandha up until July 16. The statistics in comparison for last year is MVR 560.2 million.

The government budget for Aasandha is MVR 950.8 million. The social health insurance scheme is extended to locals living in India, Sri Lanka, and even Malaysia. It is also one of the biggest sectors in terms of expenditure.

The government had passed a state budget for MVR 37.8 billion for 2020. So far, MVR 13.7 billion has been spent from that budget.