JO calls for interim budget from Govt.

13 May 2016 04:45 pm - 7     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The joint opposition yesterday urged the government to present an interim budget in the Parliament as the original budget proposals approved by the House earlier have been now negated after the tax revision.

Addressing a media briefing, joint opposition leader MP Dinesh Gunewardena said they had sent a written request to the President and the Prime Minister by including particulars on the 2016 budget and the recent Value Added Tax (VAT) increment due to the conditions implemented by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

“The government has requested for a loan from the IMF without the approval of the House. The public have been burdened with unbearable taxes with the loan taken from the IMF. Especially the minor and medium staged business entrepreneurs have been burdened with these taxes. The government has still not represented the agreement with the IMF to the house,” he added.

MP Gunawardena said such misuse of parliamentary powers was a violation of the Constitution. He also said the Prime Minister had once stated that there would be a need of an interim budget during the preliminary discussions.

“The government implements taxes on people which have not been approved by the House and which were not mentioned in the budget. There are also many alterations in the budget which affected many sectors of this country,” he added. (Kalathma Jayawardhane)


  Comments - 7

  • M.O.Daya Saturday, 14 May 2016 09:27 AM

    Dinesh, the increase of taxes has become necessary because of the colossal waste and corruption of the previous regime of which you are one main player. I pity RW and MS for trying to recover the economy after inheriting an empty coffer.

    Premalal Saturday, 14 May 2016 10:25 AM

    I don't agree with the politics or the economics of the JO but the need of a budget is absolutely necessary. The budget presented is in shambles and the country is drifting like a rudderless ship. Even the IRD has reservations about the enforcement of the VAT amendment.

    Aba Jayasekera Saturday, 14 May 2016 11:04 AM

    Gunawardena , Did you consider Parliament as "Meka Gune Ayyage bajaw daane kamare"?

    TONY Saturday, 14 May 2016 12:06 AM


    Ratnaake Saturday, 14 May 2016 05:19 AM

    Dines Gunawardene, you have not earned the right to ask anything in the parliament. Your disgraceful behavior in the parliament is questionable, the government should have taken punitive actions against you and other criminals who brought disrepute to our country world-wide.

    Dee Saturday, 14 May 2016 07:06 AM

    Ah! The so called lion talks again.

    rew Saturday, 14 May 2016 08:58 AM

    You are not in Government to call for any reports/budgets/findings. etc etc.

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