House approval sought for Rs. 148 mn more to buy vehicles, repairs

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The Government today sought Parliamentary approval for a supplementary estimate to cover Rs. 148.8 million for purchase of vehicles for a Minister, Deputy Minister, Foreign Affairs Ministry, Law and Order Ministry and a Provincial Governor.

Among them, Rs. 43 million is for the purchase of a vehicle for Posts, Postal Services and Muslim Religious Affairs Minister M.H.A. Haleem and another Rs.43 million for the Mahaweli Development and Environment Deputy Minister Anuradha Jayarathna.

A further Rs. 9 million has been allocated for the purchase of a security backup vehicle for Foreign Affairs Minister Ravi Karunanayake and another Rs. 53 million for the Law and Order Ministry to purchase a vehicle for the Special Task Force (STF).

Rs. 848, 400 was allocated to pay the balance payment of purchasing a vehicle for Northern Provincial Council Governor.

Meanwhile, Rs. 706, 200 had been allocated for the purchase of a three-wheeler to be used to deliver mail to the President.

A supplementary allocation of Rs.14.8 million was also sought for the renovation of the official residence of Women and Child Affairs Minister Chandrani Bandara and another Rs. 13 million for the renovation of the official residence of Provincial Councils and Local Government Minister Faiszer Mustapha.

The Parliamentary approval was also sought for the allocation of Rs. 50.8 million to meet the domestic and foreign travelling expenses of Foreign Affairs Ministry and the Finance Ministry. (Ajith Siriwardana)

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  • banji Friday, 07 July 2017 01:19 PM

    Bana Republic at its best!! People must wise up and sent a clear message on the upcoming provincial elections!!

    Missaka Friday, 07 July 2017 01:21 PM

    This is the new form of corruption. On the surface it looks like legal, but underneath there is big chunk of money ended up in these Ministers hands. So can guess that there will be an election close by.

    lkboy Friday, 07 July 2017 01:26 PM

    Why does Ravi need a security backup vehicle?

    Kapila Friday, 07 July 2017 01:56 PM

    The intelligence of a population is inversely proportional to the number of ministers and governors and whatnot living off them.

    David G A Friday, 07 July 2017 01:57 PM

    Wonder of Asia. Another broad day robbery.No body thinks of improving the standard of under privileged.

    Guys Friday, 07 July 2017 01:58 PM

    What a crime is this. Ministers are getting money allocated in millions to buy vehicles. The biggest joke is millions of rupees are requested for renovation of buildings. This amount could be used to build about 10 house for the poor. People are suffering to pay the debts that the governments are getting into.

    suda Friday, 07 July 2017 01:59 PM

    wonder of asia, Ane mage rata

    Tax payer Friday, 07 July 2017 02:19 PM

    No end in sight to this nonsense...

    Tax Payer Friday, 07 July 2017 02:21 PM

    Why are such expensive vehicles required by parliamentarians?

    STOP Friday, 07 July 2017 02:23 PM

    Sri Lankan MINISTERS ARE SO GREEDY FOR VEHICLES. Hope IMF will interfere and STOP this menace.

    Nish Saturday, 08 July 2017 06:11 PM

    They know their supporters are idiots and have a memory span of just 3 months.

    Leo Saturday, 08 July 2017 06:14 PM

    Every time there is an internal conflict between UNP and SLFP factions Ranil and Sirisena distributes vehicles and other benefits. Time to take to the streets and chase these robber barons once and for all.

    Kadiya Saturday, 08 July 2017 06:23 PM

    But what is that clear message? Bring the Royal family back or the JVP???

    Kadiya Saturday, 08 July 2017 06:25 PM

    As if new vehicles are the panacea for all ills!!!

    Sri Wickrema Friday, 07 July 2017 02:59 PM

    A few months back President was reported saying no supplementary estimates of this nature would not come again. What happened now?

    romesh Saturday, 08 July 2017 06:25 PM

    It's like the public is the football and the rulers are the players.

    patriotcamper Friday, 07 July 2017 03:01 PM

    So many brand new vehicles rotting in government offices. Why not utilize these.

    Rad Friday, 07 July 2017 03:18 PM

    Oh my goodness, is this madness of wasteful spending ever going to end? Why are these slimy politicians ruining this country. Where is justice in all of this for the common man in SL?

    joyboy Friday, 07 July 2017 03:44 PM

    Why shoukd i pay income tax via DM Android App

    Mohan Saturday, 08 July 2017 07:59 PM

    Waging a war was not this expensive !!!! seem like LTTE is still destroying us.

    Nostradamus Friday, 07 July 2017 04:56 PM

    For me Yahapalanya has just died. Shame. Shame. Shame. via DM Android App

    Ranjit W. Friday, 07 July 2017 05:57 PM

    For God's sake, please spend these money to eradicate Dengue. People are suffering and these VIPs want expensive vehicles at poor taxpayers expense. What a country is this?

    GD Friday, 07 July 2017 06:44 PM

    As a retired public officer without any political bias sees this government spending for the welfare of Ministers etc and spending millions on rented but unoccupied offices etc rather than the welfare of the people. People suffer from natural disasters and poor conditions prevailing like Dengue and mix up priorities!


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