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Budget approves PM’s expenditure so can't be stopped: Bandula

2018-11-20 19:33:31
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The expenditure head of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa cannot be blocked because the funds for the Prime Minister’s Office has already been approved in this year's Budget, Minister Bandula Gunawardane said today.

He said once funds were allocated for each ministry through the appropriation bill and passed by parliament, the funds could not be suspended or removed.

“The United National Front (UNF) handed over a motion to suspend the expenditure head of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa. However, once funds are allocated to a ministry and approved by the budget, no one can change it. Not even the Finance Minister can do this. Since the budget for this year has already been approved, nothing can alter it till the end of this year,” Mr. Gunawardena told a news briefing.

He said no motion has been submitted to Parliament in the past urging the suspension of funds allocated to a ministry. “Even if someone presents such a motion, it should be done constitutionally and legally. The UNF submitted motion without following any parliamentary procedures,” Mr. Gunawardane said.

He said there was no issue in repaying international loans. “Sri Lanka has to repay US$1,000 million in January next year as debt repayment. Settling these loan instalments is the responsibility of the Central Bank and its officials are fulfilling their duties irrespective of the political situation in the country. As a country, Sri Lanka has never refrained from repaying its debts,” Mr. Gunawardane said. (Lahiru Pothmulla)


  Comments - 19

  • Lankan Tuesday, 20 November 2018 19:46

    You have not mentioned the amount allocated in the budget.Any way you can teach the PM to manage with LKR 2500 and set an example.

    Reply : 3       97

    shanthapriya Wednesday, 21 November 2018 10:13

    Sri lanka s tax collection income for 2017 from customs and inland revenue is Rs 987000/; millionDebt repayment is Rs 170000/= million.

    Reply : 0       1

    Lankan Wednesday, 21 November 2018 11:15

    Why borrow when we have so much surplus. Simple arithmetic

    Reply : 0       4

    sunil Tuesday, 20 November 2018 19:46

    He is the Minister of International Trade. Does he have the personality and dynamism to address and interact with Global investors in London New York and Hong Kong or is he fit to be the tuition master of Maharagama. Does Mahinda have the right men to project our country internationally or will the right men ever want to work with the Rajapaksa clan.

    Reply : 5       92

    BUSHEL Tuesday, 20 November 2018 19:52

    Money wilL not be released. What can u do?NO! MONEY WONT BE GIVEN GO TO HELL...

    Reply : 4       64

    Samson Tuesday, 20 November 2018 20:03

    Budget allocation is for the PM and not for an illegal PM.

    Reply : 5       88

    Poor voter Tuesday, 20 November 2018 20:05

    Need to select the leaders who can spend their own money rather sucking the blood of poor voters till last drop

    Reply : 3       59

    abc Tuesday, 20 November 2018 20:06

    Clueless.

    Reply : 1       41

    Keeraipidi Tuesday, 20 November 2018 20:15

    Central Bank officials are fulfilling their duties? Are they printing dollar notes now? Take care that your paper factories are running well, Sir!

    Reply : 1       49

    doubtful Tuesday, 20 November 2018 20:15

    So are the Central Bank and its officials going to pay out of their pockets?

    Reply : 1       29

    Chux Tuesday, 20 November 2018 20:21

    Don’t try to interpret things the way you want as there is a law in the country

    Reply : 1       39

    samantha Tuesday, 20 November 2018 20:35

    Parliament has the power to stop any allocation of funds or payments already approved by the budget which is not appropriate to use by a motion. That is why parliament has given the financial powers. Talk about your Rs. 2500/- house hold expenditure not on this.

    Reply : 2       45

    Shelley Tuesday, 20 November 2018 20:36

    Leave all arguments aside. The only thing that matter is MR (questionable PM) has failed to get consolidated even after exately 25 days. Therefore the Prez whom I voted in is bound to throw MR out and find alternative immidieatly.

    Reply : 3       41

    TONY Tuesday, 20 November 2018 20:40

    WHEN WAS THE BUDGET BE PASSED IN PARLIAMENT

    Reply : 1       27

    Luis Tuesday, 20 November 2018 20:40

    Bloody idiot! Just because the Central Bank officials are continuing to work, it does not mean that you buffoons have a license to destroy the country with political turmoil!

    Reply : 2       43

    TJ Tuesday, 20 November 2018 20:46

    Budget approval was given to the legal PM's expenditure not for the illegal one.

    Reply : 2       54

    ramya Wednesday, 21 November 2018 13:41

    Vaima's son is a King of Bulls..

    Reply : 0       4

    jeffaloy Wednesday, 21 November 2018 16:16

    Budget was to be presented on the 05th Nov but it did not happen because of MS unconstitutional move to remove the PM, then how come my dear you are talking about the PM expenditure approved in the budget. Bullshit

    Reply : 0       3

    Dee Wednesday, 21 November 2018 20:22

    No wonder this economy is in chaos? Your students are now in senior management and director position even in the private sector. The better ones have migrated.

    Reply : 0       1

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