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Govt. seeks Rs. 90 mn for MS' New York visit

7 November 2015 04:06 am - 46     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

The Government yesterday sought parliamentary approval for the allocation of Rs.90 million to meet the expenses in connection with the President’s attend the UN sessions in New York.

A supplementary estimate was also submitted to parliament seeking Rs.1.3 billion for the purchase of vehicles by government agencies.

The supplementary estimate was submitted by Government Chief Whip Gayantha Karunatilleke. The vehicles were to be leased.

Approval was also sought for the allocation of Rs.18 million to the newly-established Presidential Investigation Unit.

Meanwhile, billions of rupees are to be spent on new miniseries set up by the current regime and to pay salaries to employees at various government institutions.(Yohan Perera)


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  • Sharon Saturday, 07 November 2015 12:37 PM

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    OMG Sunday, 08 November 2015 02:21 PM

    All media publish half cooked information to public. It is responsibility of the media to show the breakdown of these expenses and how the country and public benefit from these expenses. These are public money and public sponsoring their trips and expenses. Also what happened to all luxury vehicles previously imported during MR time.

    Rohan Saturday, 07 November 2015 12:46 PM

    This is where all the revenue collected by the government goes then. Why are we taxed heavily for these lavish spending parties of the politicos.

    Seeya Sunday, 08 November 2015 04:41 AM

    I could have put up the whole group for free since I have a big mansion.

    914 Sunday, 08 November 2015 06:31 AM

    See no evil hear no evil

    sene Saturday, 07 November 2015 01:34 PM

    Gayan, your master you desperately protect spent more on useless acts. MS only spent for a importent visit for UN

    Coconut Republic Saturday, 07 November 2015 02:05 PM

    These are unavoidable but can cut down on who is accompanying him? His son and unwanted fellows must be removed from the tour party. Further the new vehicles MUST be totally avoided till the country comes out from the current huge mess

    saman Saturday, 07 November 2015 02:21 PM

    Any more passive comments from MS supporters here?

    gamage a.k.a Sunday, 08 November 2015 08:16 AM

    Is he going for a delegation or Vegas ?

    Rajeev Saturday, 07 November 2015 02:37 PM

    90M is too much - if 15 to 20 delegates have visited - air ticket, good accommodation and exp,. should be less than 20M,. can have good time with that money,. for 20 people in good hotel for a week food. air ticket.

    Rajeev Saturday, 07 November 2015 02:39 PM

    yes 350,000 x 20 people is not even 10M,. if you double then still 20M is good enough ! why 90M?

    Premalal Saturday, 07 November 2015 03:41 PM

    A breakdown of the expenses should be published.

    Wildwine Saturday, 07 November 2015 03:54 PM

    USD 630000 is definitely not chicken feed in the US you will know if you have travelled to the US. to get an idea Emirates Airlines first class return will cost about USD 10000. 05 star accommodation will be around USD 1000 per day. via DM iOS App

    Ranjith Saturday, 07 November 2015 04:21 PM

    will they submit details of expenditure to the Parliment or any member of opposition request for same via DM Android App

    YBala Sunday, 08 November 2015 09:59 AM

    @bala, people voted for a change, and if the change keeps on playing the same record of "if it was them...." or " because of them..." for the next 5 years of government, people will get tired of this. Not sure if they are already feeling disappointed and corrupted by what is happening now. God save SL for the next 5 years.

    Leo Saturday, 07 November 2015 05:01 PM

    We need to see something positive come out of this visit if not you will be the same as MR. via DM Android App

    GC Saturday, 07 November 2015 05:48 PM

    Very true. This is a question the government should ask before undertaking any expense. Is the benefit more than the expenses? Then, we will have true Yahapalanya and good economics.

    GC Saturday, 07 November 2015 05:52 PM

    If you want to convert to US$ and compare, you should also convert our average salary to $ and compare with that of US, because it is our people who have to pay, not US tax payers. Did the country benefit more than the expenses? or was is another ego trip like MR?

    DN Sunday, 08 November 2015 07:54 PM

    MR spent 127 million without air fares, Couple of occasions he had spent 14 million for camera equipments.

    GC Saturday, 07 November 2015 05:55 PM

    We are Yahapalanaya. If we try to justify our extravagance by comparing to MR, then we will fall in the same trap and fleece our countrymen. Next time they may say MS expenses will be higher to cover inflation from MRs time. All need to grow up if our country is to benefit.

    GC Saturday, 07 November 2015 05:56 PM

    You are the one who spoke with rational and best thoughts.

    xman Sunday, 08 November 2015 11:06 AM

    Half of the population in Srilanka earns 2$ a day, We live in such a poor county., but these leaders spend money like live in a heaven.

    Priyan Saturday, 07 November 2015 06:14 PM

    coming colours not good about nihathamani sarala jandipathithuma.apita wenne kahi gani deela hotu gaani gaththa widihe wadak.

    sss Saturday, 07 November 2015 06:15 PM

    the expenditure is in dollars (earned by housemaids) not rupees. You do not spen

    Pumi Monday, 09 November 2015 04:59 PM

    May Sobitha Thero attain supreme Nibbana......

    Goliwog Saturday, 07 November 2015 09:41 AM

    Ah! What is the return air fare to New York? Is is 90Mn rupees? Could be.

    Prem Nath Saturday, 07 November 2015 07:19 PM

    Why spend so much to go to the UN and give a speech,which can be done by the permanent Sri Lankan envoy at the UN.?

    Cuba Sunday, 08 November 2015 11:52 AM

    What la relief it is

    Gayan Saturday, 07 November 2015 09:57 AM

    MY3 came to power as if a Saint was going to rule our country

    ANTON Saturday, 07 November 2015 10:03 AM


    Dr deen Saturday, 07 November 2015 07:23 PM

    130 million rupees for government vehicles any person who visits sethsiripaya knows the money wasted on vehicles that are not even used! Almost half of all luxury vehicles that occupy roads and guzzle petrol are government vehicle! Dont know where the know it all professors are now?

    Goliwog Saturday, 07 November 2015 10:19 AM

    I am sure our two law abiding minister and pick up this small bill. I think it will be small change for them.

    sinhaputhra Saturday, 07 November 2015 07:31 PM

    Land like no other.the eight wonder of the world ?

    Bala Saturday, 07 November 2015 10:36 AM

    Usual drivel comments without rational thinking. 90M Rs is only US$630,000. This is chicken feed when you go out of our country. How much does one pay for a 7 day tour of Europe in three star hotels - over Rs.350,000 each. You cannot compare SL Rs with US$ when travelling overseas.Anyway if it was MR it would have been 500M Rs.

    Hiran Saturday, 07 November 2015 07:31 PM

    Bala mokda mea patthey? :p :p

    Eds Saturday, 07 November 2015 07:32 PM

    Buhhahaho.....are you sure you have a brain?

    Sirimewan Saturday, 07 November 2015 10:46 AM

    Earlier he got money for a new palace, and now this. So what is the difference?

    TRUE MAN Saturday, 07 November 2015 10:55 AM


    DHA Saturday, 07 November 2015 11:03 AM

    How many millions did his son spend ???

    M.M.M.Zarook Saturday, 07 November 2015 11:09 AM

    President making important visits cannot be avoided. But the country should benefit from those visits and frugality should be the order of the day.

    yomal Saturday, 07 November 2015 08:50 PM

    Sri Lankan people are not aware of these. things hmm via DM Android App

    simon Saturday, 07 November 2015 09:03 PM

    Same animals in a different jungle!

    simon Saturday, 07 November 2015 09:05 PM

    There are no saints in Sri Lanka

    Lanka Saturday, 07 November 2015 09:06 PM

    OMG........fooling the masses, what difference now?

    Sara Saturday, 07 November 2015 09:41 PM

    Sick of making comments any more. Poor Sobhitha Thero may he get well soon.

    Devapriya de Mel Saturday, 07 November 2015 11:31 PM

    This government is also good at spend money lavishly without any hesitation as the previous regime did.The way of spending money on buying vehicles cannot be approved at all.This tiny Island cannot be developed if the government acts like This. cannot be approved at al t via DM Android App

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