Interim Budget 2015

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  • Tusitha Kumarakulasingam Thursday, 29 January 2015 06:39 PM

    Very Progressive, people friendly budget. Congratulations.Only grouse is that the Finance Minister struggled to read the budget in Sinhala. Congratulations for the hard work and trying to read it out.You could have got someone else to read it

    Sulo Thursday, 29 January 2015 06:50 PM

    Why do you care when you work in qatar.

    dach trimanna Thursday, 29 January 2015 06:57 PM

    the paltry increase of rs 1000 is no relief to those pensioners who are still being paid the 1996 rates hope more sympathy will be shown

    Lankaboy Thursday, 29 January 2015 06:57 PM

    Presidential secretariat budget difference is around 92,000 million rupees.annual increase for state employees is 12x10,000=120,000Rs92,000 million/120,000=760,000. It means , presidential secretariat budget difference would bee nought to pay the 10.000 pay rise for 760,000 state sector employees.It seems MR spent it lavishly without giving it out Just like his own money.

    Mahinda Thursday, 29 January 2015 07:02 PM

    Good BudgetAs promised Rice price and pensioners salary incrementnot focused.

    Amri Thursday, 29 January 2015 07:09 PM

    Budjet price is good Sir, Thank You.But Please Destroy all the Alcohol Things.I think it will be in ur 100 Things Changes.

    me lankan Thursday, 29 January 2015 07:09 PM

    Cutting down the expenses of presidential secretariat, cutting down on the number of Ministers...sweet. No need to flatten the wallets of corrupt rogues. There are people who are struggling to have a proper meal. Believe this budget is going to do some good for them. Foreign tours delegations dozens and dozens attending posh hotels gourmet food fine spirits shopping sprees. Shame!

    Jon Karunaratne Thursday, 29 January 2015 07:13 PM

    Job well done. Hats off to the new government. A change is what we vot and a change I what we have got.

    Stefen Thursday, 29 January 2015 07:13 PM

    Again a Sun Rises in Srilanka....... Thank you for our President...

    Amaris Thursday, 29 January 2015 07:17 PM

    No reduction of Parippu price . I am a Parippu fan and worried.

    M Kuruparan Thursday, 29 January 2015 07:19 PM

    > Reducing Ministers , there by reducing Ministry Expenses. > Reducing Wastage. > Introducing Mansion Tax etc. etc.If there is a will there is always a way . . . .

    Perumal Thursday, 29 January 2015 07:23 PM

    Pandithakama Nethiva Balagena Innawa Oi!!!

    Bernie Thursday, 29 January 2015 07:24 PM

    Wonderful looking after our senior citizen is a great job doneNow let the poor also enjoy life Well done president

    Jathu Thursday, 29 January 2015 02:04 PM

    hope this budget favours us.....

    zeshawn Friday, 30 January 2015 10:42 AM

    probably the best Sl had

    Amal Friday, 30 January 2015 03:10 PM

    Increased in Hybrid duty and purchase vehicle Import permit at 1.5m is very unfair, because all lower middle class people start buying brand new class vehicle at reasonable cost by-passing all unfair importers (scroungers), now Ravi K has support these plunders by increasing duties of Hybrid from 57% 80% which subsequently increased vehicle by Rs.500k to 700k which gives scroungers abnormal return for the vehicle they already stoked at sale stations and imposing import permit to make them a market by cutting off all individual importers those who import one vehicle for their own use. These so called scrounger vehicle importers are the one funding candidates and parties in elections.

    Sarath Saturday, 31 January 2015 07:38 AM

    Most agree that it is a good and a beneficial budget. The only way we could help the govt to continue is to do our best to improve on the bit that we do. So our productivity has to contribute. SO my friends, at least those of us who like the proposals sholul improve our productivity

    mnsmart Thursday, 29 January 2015 08:12 PM

    I am going home

    Nabeel Thursday, 29 January 2015 02:40 PM

    Hats off! going good so far :)

    sahul hameed mohamed arshad Thursday, 29 January 2015 08:27 PM

    I need reduce gold leaf on each sigaret 20.00Accept my request

    hema Saturday, 31 January 2015 08:01 AM

    wonderfull my country sri lanka

    Rasthafari Thursday, 29 January 2015 02:44 PM

    Of course concessions are wonderful, but how would they recover to pay off the debts is an interesting question..

    sumantru Thursday, 29 January 2015 02:53 PM

    we enjoy the budget

    Janaka Thursday, 29 January 2015 02:58 PM

    Private sector Salary suggest increment of Rs 2500 is not enough. Please give us the same benefit as stat sector. We pay tax too...

    Rasmi Thursday, 29 January 2015 08:34 PM

    my suggestion: no need to increase the salaries in the government sector ,because if tax rate increase in a particular private sector ,private sector worker will be rushed to work the employer will be no longer flexible with workers these particular shit previously done by Ex Demon mahinda. but my3palanaye.....Eke jeewath kiraye

    Hema Saturday, 31 January 2015 08:19 AM

    We never expect. excellent job Thank you for our President..but nothing for forign workrs sir .

    Shanaz Rauf Friday, 30 January 2015 11:03 AM

    Excellent job. Keep it up always...

    Hary Thursday, 29 January 2015 03:00 PM

    implementation is more important

    shankar Thursday, 29 January 2015 08:38 PM

    Great budget proposals and give relief from high cost of living. Need to keep the real inflation rate under control. Hope the present government maintain good transparency and good governance for which people gave mandate to MR. Only good think MR did was get rid off LTTE and stopped the war ... but brought the country to bad state . Let get together and think that we Srilankans want this wonderful country to prosper and be patriotic rather divide and live. Work harder.

    Sabe Friday, 30 January 2015 11:11 AM

    Who is the minister of agriculture?

    yehiya Thursday, 29 January 2015 03:03 PM

    Go for tax on casino, Need relief on food items

    shiraaj shaleeh Thursday, 29 January 2015 03:08 PM

    cool budget

    Sathya Thursday, 29 January 2015 08:50 PM

    We never expect. Really Great job.

    Freddy Friday, 30 January 2015 11:22 AM

    If this is a good budget than the previous Government must have done the right thing for you to produce a good budget. Otherwise this new government will not be able to spend lavishly. So stop the witch hunt and revenge and be truthful. The last five years the country have improved tremendously. Good roads and infastructure. Budget expenditure and income can be made transparent .8.8 trillion debts? Hedging USD 60 mil.? Lowest financial disciple ? To be audited this exegerated estimates.

    Phenix Thursday, 29 January 2015 09:04 PM

    Holy moly!!! we gonna pay off!!

    chandima Friday, 30 January 2015 11:23 AM

    Rs 177 Billion cut on infrastructure development to pay salaries and on subsidies. Is this prudent in the long run?

    me lanka Thursday, 29 January 2015 09:05 PM

    correctedNo need to fatten the wallets of corrupt rogues. There are people who are struggling to have a proper meal. Believe this budget is going to do some good for them. Foreign tours delegations dozens and dozens attending posh hotels gourmet food fine spirits shopping sprees jayawewaa

    Shirani Thursday, 29 January 2015 03:15 PM

    Great Job .Keep up the Good work!!!!

    ameer Thursday, 29 January 2015 09:08 PM

    absolutely really great job please keep it up

    ramesh Thursday, 29 January 2015 09:10 PM

    targeted Carlton sport networks he he he he he,

    Zumry Thursday, 29 January 2015 03:17 PM

    make it dollar mark.

    Anderson Friday, 30 January 2015 07:18 AM

    I am favor of this Budget as certain prices were obscure in the past. However i feel the present government does not favor our sri lankan business owners. Especially in the export/import department. For instance the EU has currently banned imports of fish from sri lanka and our local markets are being flooded with fish which danger our local fisherman as prices go down. But the the current fisheries minister has reduced can imports and imports from maldives. Due to that many sri lankan fisheries business will fall and employment will fall in those sectors as it willl be too competitive to go head on with other brands for a lesser price. I feel this government needs balance. Not only keep the people happy but also business owners. Whatever said and done it is much better than the previous administration where only one family gained. But now that we have a new and better administration i wish it the very best but to also think of the sri lankan business as they provide employment and stability. ithink that the import prices should go higher on cans so that our local factories can use our own sri lankan fish to can rather than importing cheap unhealthy fish from china/taiwan and other countries when sr lanka has the best fish. I hope the daily mirror writes about this fact so the word will spread and so that business and people can all prosper.The reason i used our fisheries department is because we have over a miillion fisherman in our county and i think the new fisheries minister thinks just by bringing prices down he willl gain more support. true the people will be grateful but over time more fisherman will have to look for other jobs beccause out local factories wont purchase our fish because it will be too expensive. ANyway this is just my opinion i agree that certain prices need to come down but not the ones that will benifit our country and people.

    g.p.schokman Tuesday, 03 February 2015 04:20 PM

    we are looking forward to face some more good changes in the future. GOOD JOB

    Ali Thursday, 29 January 2015 03:19 PM

    Hats off.... so far so good.... the best budget even in the history. Ko ape game baiyya???

    ramesh Thursday, 29 January 2015 09:16 PM

    totally forgot of local industries,which is struggling due to imported local ink manufacturers,local paint manufacturers,local soap,perfume industries,this is what our country could not increase any manufacturing firms ,cos no sport from government,really disappointed

    benedict Thursday, 29 January 2015 03:19 PM

    thanks a lot

    Happy-go-me Thursday, 29 January 2015 03:20 PM

    The most awaited news to hear is .............. slashing the presidential budget.What a curse the previous dictator who lived a super super super luxuary life at our cost.Jayawewa Maithri and government.... long life !

    mrmoney Thursday, 29 January 2015 09:21 PM

    Private sector ??? prove your efficiency and competency . Increments will come in search of you !!!!!

    raaj Thursday, 29 January 2015 03:20 PM

    Am i in SriLanka!!!

    SUSANTHA Thursday, 29 January 2015 03:20 PM


    shashika Thursday, 29 January 2015 03:23 PM

    woow nice

    gaffor Thursday, 29 January 2015 09:27 PM

    Superb..budjetthank you our president..

    b.a.p.chathuranga Thursday, 29 January 2015 09:29 PM

    ape padiya basic akata akathu venne kavadada

    Rita Friday, 30 January 2015 11:43 AM

    Any changes in vehicle import duty i.e. hybrid car?

    ahamed ismail Thursday, 29 January 2015 03:26 PM

    give pensioners rs.3000 as promised.

    Nimal Thursday, 29 January 2015 09:37 PM

    e mailed Eran following proposals. appears he has not seen it.Proposal 1. Give back back to EDB , the EDB CESS taken to treasury by 1994 GOVT. EDB CESS funds created by Late Lalith Athulathmudali was the driving force of Export Growth work implemented by EDB (also created by Athulatmudali) at that time. It is Exporters created at that time that account for major portion of export income even today. Exports do not deserve step motherly treatment. 2. Remove PAYEE tax burden (introduced by previous regime) from public servants

    tuan z jamion Saturday, 31 January 2015 11:03 PM

    The private sector employees are getting an increment of Rs 2,500 that means around Rs 75,- per day. I think this amount should be increased according to the living cost of people. But what about the non-permanent employees? Arent they humans or citizens of this country.Did you consider about the Middle-Class Man? Rising cost of housing in the cities. Is there a Rent Control Board? What have they done to the people? Why are they always lenient towards Landlords who throw Tenants out of their homes after one year to get higher rents. When is this going to stop? Why cannot you control the House Rents? Is it so difficult? The next time you vote for someone please consider this point. Tnx brothers!

    citizen Thursday, 29 January 2015 03:28 PM

    This should have been done soon after the war ended, but the Rajapakshas had different Plans for public money.

    Citizen Zee Thursday, 29 January 2015 09:39 PM

    If you read the budget carefully the answer is there! Chiefly, [1] Cut down wasteful expenses eg. Expenses of presidential secretariat reduced from 104970 million to 2560 million.[2] Tax those who have not paid tax before eg Sports Channel, vehicle assembly plants[3]make unprofitable mega businesses profitable eg Mihin Lanka

    Dilshard Thursday, 29 January 2015 03:29 PM

    Great budget!!! so far going goooooodd!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Y)

    p.jegatheeswaran Thursday, 29 January 2015 09:40 PM

    i wish our pexcellency presidend this budget,

    mARINA Thursday, 29 January 2015 03:29 PM

    Rs. 1000 million tax imposed on television stations dedicated to sports wow i like this...

    roshan Thursday, 29 January 2015 03:30 PM

    Private sector employees increment of Rs.2500/- only request is should be made compulsory

    ahamed Saturday, 31 January 2015 09:32 AM

    interim budget does not have any provision for expatriates, and it seems oriented next general election.

    anonymous Thursday, 29 January 2015 03:31 PM

    Wish they will make these private banks reduce the amount of interest they charge on loans.... even though it was brought down to 11.95% several private banks still charge more than that . The government should do something to correct this.

    jeffrey Thursday, 29 January 2015 03:31 PM


    buddhika Lokubandara Thursday, 29 January 2015 09:59 PM

    Senior Citizens given a raw deal. Although Nivard Carbral is the culprit to cause this disaster, the interim budget is following the steps of this rogue Nivard Cabral. !5% on the first Million - Can al Senior Citizen live on 12,500/- per Month? A retiring Senior Citizen usually have a minimum of Rs.5,Mn which they deposit in interest earning instruments so that they can live a life imposing no burden on anybody. The Budget has not specified as to the interest rates applicable to anything above 1 Million. Please tell us how the hell are the Senior Citizens going to survive?

    A_F_C Thursday, 29 January 2015 03:32 PM

    People Who Left The Country Are Going To Return Back To Mother Land !

    rushdy Thursday, 29 January 2015 03:34 PM

    sri lanka is a rteal paradise now......

    patriot Thursday, 29 January 2015 10:02 PM

    Swallow mind of most readers, is disaster in the making.sadu sadu.

    charmaine. Thursday, 29 January 2015 03:35 PM


    patriot Thursday, 29 January 2015 10:03 PM

    Have u heard of Robin hood?

    Erantha Friday, 30 January 2015 12:16 PM

    While being Saradiyel is good.... In one way.... You need to articulate policy and the over 1 billion rupee listed companies are feeling the pinch.

    Chaminda Thursday, 29 January 2015 03:36 PM

    Wow, the best budget i ever heard! Keep it up. This is what we call good governance, hope for poor citizens to uplift their life.

    mansion Thursday, 29 January 2015 10:03 PM

    the mansion tax is ridiculous. if i save and build on my own land a house more than 5000 sq feet.why I should I pay to stay in it.

    PrivateGuy Thursday, 29 January 2015 03:36 PM

    They have only "Requested" the private sector o pay Rs.2,500 more. I doubt even a single private company will pay this, coz its just a request and not a must!So this is just going to be a news item. But I love the way its going, lets await for more

    s c j Helaweera Thursday, 29 January 2015 10:03 PM

    Best and good decisition for sri Lanka peoples.

    Aruna Thursday, 29 January 2015 10:04 PM

    The age limit for Senior Citizens was 55 years previously. Under the new Regime it has been considered to increase the Bank interest rate for the Senior Citizens as 60 yrs. Therefore, those who retired at the age of 55 years have been deprived of this facility. If the age limit of 55 years to be considered as Senior Citizens for another few years , it will be a great relief for their existence.

    pradeep Friday, 30 January 2015 06:54 PM

    Well said. Nothing still for local industry. All trade agreement with India and China benefiting them not us

    rif Thursday, 29 January 2015 03:39 PM

    Wonder of Asia!!!

    vijay Thursday, 29 January 2015 10:05 PM

    Nothing for foriegn workers who pumps a lot of forex to the country.

    Eddie Wijesuriya Friday, 30 January 2015 12:22 PM

    Mansion tax of Rs. I Million per annum is ridiculous. ( Rs.83333/= per month) It will be better to sell the house, re-invest the money in something more beneficial and rent one instead. Minister, please re-think and cancel this. You too will be affected by this as you own a mansion., but you can afford it. Why should a house owner be penalized to this degree for having worked hard and built a house over 5000 sq. ft. ? Also please remember that a house in the suburbs , although over 5000 sq. ft. has less value than a house, even, smaller, in Colombo - 7 Some apartments in prime areas, though very much less than 5000 have a much higher value than a house of over 5000 sq. ft in the suburbs, and they will be exempt from this exorbitant and unreasonable tax.

    Pradeep Thursday, 29 January 2015 03:39 PM

    Favour Budget

    Jagath Edwin Friday, 30 January 2015 12:24 PM

    Do you people realise this budget is only for 100 days - a sweetner to get your votes for the General Election. Whoever, wins that election will show the real budget.

    GenY Thursday, 29 January 2015 03:40 PM

    (An allowance of Rs. 20,000 to be paid for expectant mothers )Translation = BABY BOOM Go My3!

    mahmoothtuan Thursday, 29 January 2015 03:40 PM


    srilankan Thursday, 29 January 2015 10:26 PM

    This budget based on providing economic benefits to the poor and lower middle class people but not to restrict only for 100 days.It should be continued..Congratulation

    Herath.. Friday, 30 January 2015 04:16 PM

    Really this is a great budget we ever heard. Anyhow I wish the government to continue the same for a better future both contra and citizens.

    Kasun Thursday, 29 January 2015 03:44 PM

    Finally a budget that would help every single person of Sri Lanka to loose the tighten up rope..

    M.O.A.Careem Friday, 30 January 2015 12:31 PM

    Mini Budget is Ok.............when the previous Budget is contemplated......still more to go.........this may be an instant relief

    pradeep Saturday, 07 February 2015 09:21 AM

    but flighit fare s are notless know

    ROHAN Thursday, 29 January 2015 03:44 PM

    Very Good. Agriculture Development Nothing?

    PKM Thursday, 29 January 2015 10:30 PM

    Private sector too part of Sri Lankan

    jaseer Thursday, 29 January 2015 10:31 PM

    give pensioners rs.3000 as promised

    SC Liyanaarachchi Thursday, 29 January 2015 03:46 PM


    gayan Friday, 30 January 2015 12:35 PM

    Mr.lanka boy...There are 1.3 million state sector employees....

    Sujith Thursday, 29 January 2015 03:48 PM

    Nothing to private sector employees. Government sector employees are well off

    kumar Thursday, 29 January 2015 03:49 PM

    other than modified the box of cigarettes if you increase the rate of it will stop buying.because all people wont buy cigarettes with if the price in increased the number of people who is buying it will get low

    kiso Thursday, 29 January 2015 03:50 PM

    Hope ths budget to be followed in future too.Thanks MY3 sir

    Faraj Thursday, 29 January 2015 03:54 PM

    A government cannot poke into private sector much. If you are from private sector, earn your recognition and salaries by yourself. :)

    zak Thursday, 29 January 2015 03:54 PM

    They should completely shut Mihin and run only Sri Lankan.

    Miss Shirlene Anne Nanayakkara Thursday, 29 January 2015 03:54 PM

    Can you increase the interest rate for non senior citizens.

    Sujith Thursday, 29 January 2015 03:54 PM

    How the government is going to get revenue to finance all these? When there is no revenue Government will be resorting to printing money and all concessions will be robbed by higher inflation. In such a scenario private sector employees will has not been given any sort of salary increment will be the hardest hit.

    5000 Sq. Ft. is not a Mansion or 100 Mn Friday, 30 January 2015 08:50 AM

    A 5,000 sq.ft. house is far from a mansion. There is a huge difference between a house that is worth Rs 100 Mn and a house that is the size of 5,000 Sq.Ft. I think the government should re-look at this proposal.

    arash Thursday, 29 January 2015 03:55 PM

    I agree 100%

    Bhanu Thursday, 29 January 2015 03:55 PM

    need to consider the flour/sugar prices

    saman Friday, 30 January 2015 08:52 AM

    If the economy is as bad as they say, I wonder how Mr,My3 find all the money he needs to reduce prices on some items and even to pay up baby bonus and stuff like that. Good luck to Yaha paalanaya thing,....

    shamala jayatilaka Thursday, 29 January 2015 03:56 PM

    Thank you to Maithripala Sirisena ape loka kiuwa dayak aniwarayan karanawa Rate janathwa wanuwan

    Farook Thursday, 29 January 2015 05:48 PM

    If Private sector also increases the same amount, companies will sundown, you and I will have to be home !!

    Nuha Mariam Thursday, 29 January 2015 03:58 PM

    Wonderful. Going good so far :)

    GChitsabesan Thursday, 29 January 2015 03:59 PM

    Good one . Sure it will help most of the lower and middle class people. Good start of this Government

    michael Thursday, 29 January 2015 05:49 PM

    Very Good for all

    loyal lankan Thursday, 29 January 2015 04:00 PM

    Thank you we are in your debt !

    michael Thursday, 29 January 2015 05:49 PM

    Very Good for all

    Kumar Seneviratne Thursday, 29 January 2015 04:01 PM

    WOW Grate job

    shane hopwood Thursday, 29 January 2015 05:52 PM

    Any govebnment any body President as long as something good done to the people of the country. More prise riduction must come every body big or small must live happy. Sri lanka is a butifull country with butifull and wonderfull hart loving Always smiling people we must go on like this.

    A.M.Aro Thursday, 29 January 2015 05:52 PM

    Real " Sahabaya" to all livings in Sri Lanka

    HAWK Thursday, 29 January 2015 05:58 PM

    WOW awesome keep up the good work: Price reduced on bread is not enough.

    fahad Thursday, 29 January 2015 06:04 PM

    good job by the new government...

    Dharshi Thursday, 29 January 2015 06:04 PM


    Javed Ahsan Thursday, 29 January 2015 06:06 PM

    Please reduce tax on private sector employees. And give vehicle permit to private university academics cz they are also academics. Make minimum salary for private school teachers to be 40,000. And launch marine transport for coastal line travellers. Educate society to live happily but not to be lost in the race of material

    seelan araly Thursday, 29 January 2015 06:14 PM

    Wow. It would be called as kitchen budget. Because it encourages all the poor people to cook in their own home.

    De silva Thursday, 29 January 2015 06:14 PM

    Sujith has a valid point - I hope the large increases in taxes and levies for corporates, casinos and liquor merchants will help full the gap, rather than resorting to money printing. We can only wait and see

    Mukshid Thursday, 29 January 2015 06:16 PM

    Very good but what about the electricity that is the most important right

    Pawithra Thursday, 29 January 2015 06:21 PM

    Great job

    R.L.Prashanth Thursday, 29 January 2015 06:21 PM

    Exelant, this is amazing, thank u sir for everyone,,.maithrita jaya

    R.L.Prashanth Thursday, 29 January 2015 06:21 PM

    Exelant, this is amazing, thank u sir for everyone,,.maithrita jaya

    Shammas Thursday, 29 January 2015 06:27 PM

    Soo Good. Keep it up always. ...

    mohammed Thursday, 29 January 2015 06:34 PM

    Great. All people happy today in srilanla one time about budget.

    mam.rifan Thursday, 29 January 2015 06:37 PM

    lots of favours are available in this budget. we are looking forward more from your regime.

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