2019 Budget to be presented in Parliament tomorrow (March 5)

2019 Budget to be presented in Parliament tomorrow (March 5)

Written by Staff Writer

04 Mar, 2019 | 9:11 pm

COLOMBO (News 1st): The fifth budget of the current government will be presented in parliament tomorrow (March 5). The 2019 budget will be presented under the theme: “Enterprise Sri Lanka: Public Empowerment and Nurturing the Poor”.

The Ministry of Finance announced that Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera will present the 2019 budget. According to the Ministry, a program will be implemented to further empower human resources through Enterprise Sri Lanka.

“The program to nurture the poor will be further developed, and fulfilling the public’s basic requirements has also been considered in the budget proposal for 2019.” – said the Ministry.

As per the budget proposal for 2019;

  • Total state expenditure: Rs. 4550 Billion
  • Total state revenue: Rs. 2400 billion
  • Total Budget Deficit: Rs. 2160 billion

The total deficit is estimated to be 4.5% of GDP.

The Ministry of Finance further stated that the government aims at reducing the total budget deficit to 3.5% of GDP by 2020. The government claims that it has been working towards achieving this target since 2015.

The second reading of the budget debate is scheduled to be held from March 6th to 12th, while the third reading of the budget is scheduled to be held from the March 13th to April 15th.

The voting will take place in the evening, on April 5, 2019.

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