More for rulers than people: JVP
JVP on Appropriation Bill
The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) said ON Tuesday that the Appropriation Bill presented in Parliament on Monday was the first Appropriation Bill presented with the largest expenditure and deficit in Sri Lankan history.
It also accused that the Bill allocated more money for the wellbeing of rulers than the needs of the people.
The JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake told a news conference that the Appropriation Bill had focused on the well being of the rulers than the needs of the people, where the allocation of money for the President and the Prime Minister had increased, while the allocation of Transport and Civil Aviation Ministry had been reduced by Rs. 9,162 million.
“Allocation to the President has increased by Rs. 3,527 million from Rs. 6,459 million in 2017 to Rs. 9,983 million in 2018. Allocation for the Prime Minister has increased by Rs. 517 million. Money allocated for the Civil Aviation Ministry is reduced from Rs. 5,100 million in 2017 to Rs. 4,200 million in 2018. This Appropriation Bill has the largest expenditure in Sri Lankan history and it also has the largest deficit,” he said.
He said the Government would have to increase the limit of loans by Rs. 1,800 million to bridge the deficit.
Referring to the Local Government elections, he said the JVP, as a political party had acted to force the Government to set the background needed to hold the LG polls by completing the delimitation process, changing the electoral system, passing the Municipal Council, Urban Council and Pradeshiya Sabha Bills in Parliament without delays.
He said the JVP had forced the Government to set the scene for the LG polls when the Joint Opposition was doing dramas for political survival. He said the JVP was preparing the initial requirements for the LG polls set to be held at the end of January 2018. When asked about the Joint Opposition’s protest against the draft Bill of the Constitution, he said a final draft had not been prepared and that it was only a concept.
Bill had focused on the well being of the rulers than the needs of the people, where the allocation of money for the President and the Prime Minister...