Written by Pavani Hapuarachchi
23 Mar, 2020 | 6:45 pm
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa issuing a statement today said that President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, under article 150(3) of the constitution is vested with the power to allocate funds from the Consolidated Fund to maintain government services after the dissolution of parliament.
“The funds to maintain essential services in the fight against COVID-19 was allocated only due to the power over government finances, the President assumes under Article 150(3), adding the postponement of the date of elections does not change the financial powers vested in the President under Article 150(3) of the constitution,” Prime Minister said.
Leader of the United National Party, Ranil Wickremesinghe on the 20th of March, when island-wide curfew was declared in a bid to prevent the spread of COVID-19, issued a media release, stating that the previous government led by him had NOT passed a Budget for 2020 but only passed a “Vote on Account”, which would last till the 30th of April.
UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his release, further contended that therefore, the present government would NOT have the legal right to allocate funds for any purpose whatsoever.
While condemning the attempt to sabotage the work of the government in the fight against COVID-19 by certain factions, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa appreciated the efforts by medical professionals, nurses, hospital staff, members of the armed forces and all those engaged in the uninterrupted provision of essential services, and extended his gratitude.
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