Committee stage debate enters day 3 today

2019-03-15 at 09:08

The Expenditure Heads related to the Ministry of National Policies and Economic Affairs under the purview of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was passed in Parliament yesterday without amendments.

Accordingly the expenditure heads of the Ministry of City Planning, Water Supply and Higher Education is due to be taken up for debate in Parliament today.

Meanwhile commenting on the Expenditure head for the Ministry of National Policies and Economic Affairs, United People’s Freedom Alliance Parliamentarian Vasudeva Nanayakkara said the country does not possess an economic environment suitable for the development of entrepreneurs.

He claimed 67% of the loans proposed by the government can only be obtained by enterprises that are valued at more than Rs.10 million.

Furthermore United People’s Freedom Alliance Parliamentarian Chandima Weerakkody also joined the debate.

The Parliamentarian stressed the proposals tabled by the government are viewed as a plan to destroy the economy and to lead the country into destitution.

The closing statement of the debate was subsequently delivered by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

Premier Wickremesinghe said efforts are currently underway to strengthen Sri Lanka in every sector within the next five years.

The Prime Minister meanwhile responded to an inquiry raised by United People’s Freedom Alliance Parliamentarian Bandula Gunawardena on the tenure of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Prime Minister Wickremesinghe stressed MP Bandula Gunawardene claimed the tenure of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was golden adding however it is questionable whether the Parliamentarian is aware of the real meaning of the term ‘golden’.

The Prime Minister noted the present administration was defeated during the Local Authorities election as a result of speaking the truth.

Premier Wickremesinghe claimed for the first time in 70 years the balances of the primary account and the current account record a surplus in 2019 adding therefore the first time the country can be hopeful of the future.

The Prime Minister said the government will hold on to the country’s efforts and maintain them.

The Premier furthermore commented on the governments ongoing development projects and projects planned to be initiated in the near future.

Prime Minister Wickremesinghe noted by considering the country’s future the government increased the funds allocated for the health service, school education and higher education. We built homes, villages, estates and the North adding in addition measures are underway to grant land on freehold.

The Prime Minister stressed tourists have started to arrive in numbers to the country once again.

The Premier claimed the government was able to fill 600 more acres that were abandoned during the so called golden era adding by the end of March a new trade zone which is even larger than Bingiriya will be opened.