Four-day debate on the budget appropriations bill – The Island

Four days have been allocated for debate on the Budget Appropriation (Amendment) Bill for the next four months presented to the House by Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena on 09 August. The bill will be debated on August 30, 31 and September 1 and 2. in parliament. The meeting of party leaders, where the aforementioned decision was taken, was chaired by President Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena on Wednesday.

A key feature of the amended budget appropriations, first presented by Prime Minister Gunawardena, was increased allocations to the ministries of health and education, the prime minister’s office said. He also increased stipends under the president and defense chiefs.

The allocation for the Ministry of Education stands at Rs. 200 billion for current and capital expenditure. The allocation for the Ministry of Defense has been increased to Rs. 3.76 billion. The allocation from the Ministry of Health has been increased to Rs. 248,069,998,000 for current and capital expenditure.

Rs. 682.728 billion has been allocated for recurrent expenditure of public administration according to the appropriation account. A sum of Rs. 212,808,260,000 has been allocated to the Ministry of Public Security. Rs. Rs. 9.3 billion was allocated to Ministry of Trade, Commerce and Food Security while Rs. 467,208,833,000 was allocated to Ministry of Finance, Economic Stabilization and National Policies and Rs. been allocated to agriculture.

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