Budget 2016: Second reading in Parliament

Budget 2016: Second reading in Parliament

Written by Tharushan Fernando

21 Nov, 2015 | 8:09 pm

The second reading of the 2016 Budget took place on Saturday.   Minister of Public Enterprises Development, Kabir Hashim stated:

We do not hope to work aiming at making political gains. In the past work was done in the face of a wall , themes patriotism and nationalism were embedded on that wall but what was used to build that wall? It used ethanol, casino, corruption and theft. While some applauded on the top of this wall, Mahinda Rajapaksa had said that he still does not understand this – and that is why he is in the opposition – because if he had understood the situation, he will be in the government because of his tenure.

He further stated:

This time the resources distribution will be directed to the general public because it is not aimed at the president, and their families

JVP MP,Sunil Handunnetti stated:

Although the government comprises of the United National Party and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party, I believe that the budget that was presented is wholly one from the United National Party and not one that was formulated with the consultation of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party and the Jathika Hela Urumaya.
He further stated:

This budget is one that completely destroys the core existence of the economy and an exchange act has been removed and you hope that foreign exchange will flow into the country. However, the opposite may take place; the door is also open for these things to leave the country and you have given the freedom to ensure that applications for foreign investment are completed to commence business within 50 days .

He added: Please do not play with the peoples mandate

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