Rs.360mn sought to purchase ministers’ vehicles

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A supplementary estimate to seek Parliament's approval to spend more than Rs.360 million to purchase vehicles for some ministers and renovate official residences of several other ministers was presented to Parliament today.

Accordingly, approval was sought to spend Rs. 154 million to purchase new vehicles for the Ministry of Defence which is under President Maithripala Sirisena while Rs. 120 million was sought to purchase vehicles for the Finance Ministry.

Approval was also sought to spend Rs.43 million to purchase a vehicle for the Deputy Minister of Rural Economy and Rs. 16 million to purchase a vehicle for the Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade.

The notes of the supplementary estimate said funds that were allocated for the purchase of vehicle in 2016 but remains unutilized will be used.  

In addition Rs.3.4 million was sought for the repairs of the official residence of Social Empowerment and Social Welfare Minister, Rs.1.2 million for the repairs of the official residence of Digital Infrastructure Development Minister and Rs.5.9 million for the renovation of Central Province Governor's official residence. (By Yohan Perera)

  Comments - 37

  • Sharon Saturday, 27 May 2017 10:01 AM

    The biggest rogues of the history. These didn't happen even at Premadasa's time......

    Dilshan Saturday, 27 May 2017 10:33 AM

    I changed my mind no.more vote for Yahapalanaya goons via DM Android App

    hans perlee Saturday, 27 May 2017 11:02 AM

    new cars are more important then do something about the floodings that happen every year. Keep up the good work Government, fill your own pockets and don't think about the people.

    Rhonda Taylor Saturday, 27 May 2017 11:27 AM

    What a disgrace for our so called motherland.News flashes all over about new cars being promised to these useless lazy MPs and then we have to beg for flood relief from our neighboring countries for food.Garbage has not been picked up for the whole week. First and foremost dump the MP's as they are stinking garbage.Ordinary folk are donating foods and dry rations to the flood victims?? why not spend the money which is being reserved for these luxury vehicles on our own citizens???

    Valluvan Saturday, 27 May 2017 11:31 AM

    Route this money in different way , Increase MP salary to 3 lakhs and Ministers to 5 lakhs. Attract more educated young people to parliament.

    Tuan Sahib Saturday, 27 May 2017 11:34 AM

    This is fantastic - in this hour of dire need when more than 100 has died and over and 1000 does not have a roof over their head or a meal in days, find one Minister or MP who will stand up and say - I do not want new vehicles or renovations, I,ll sit on the floor and do my job if I have to. He shall be the greatest hero in Sri Lanka.

    bugsy Friday, 26 May 2017 04:12 PM

    Yahapalanay sucks. can you please let us know how how much money has been so far provisioned for MP vehicle and repair works of their official residence.

    FU Friday, 26 May 2017 04:13 PM

    wenasa sapai dannam.

    Nish Friday, 26 May 2017 04:15 PM

    and our idiots actually believed the lies of this government before the election

    Fred12 Friday, 26 May 2017 04:16 PM

    dont worry ranjan will unearth a bank account in some far away country and then our citizen will forget about this runway robbery

    Jehan Friday, 26 May 2017 04:16 PM

    Will a UNPer please stand up?

    bugsy Friday, 26 May 2017 04:16 PM

    These parliamentarians are nothing more than Parbakarn's. These guys are destructing the countries economy way too fast than what Praba did in 30 years. We won the war but we continue to fail as a country.

    Rio Friday, 26 May 2017 04:17 PM

    Good timing. People wont notice this with the gnanasara drama.

    SFernando Friday, 26 May 2017 04:20 PM

    MR slave. where were you when MR sent 18billion dollars to Dubai?

    Leo Saturday, 27 May 2017 01:03 PM

    MS tasted power so all his promises are now hollow. via DM Android App

    Thanos Friday, 26 May 2017 04:36 PM

    What happened to all those alleged vehicles including Lamborghini's bought during MR's regime? Why not re-use them?

    Rob Friday, 26 May 2017 04:39 PM

    this is another way of robbing public money. PLEASE STOP THIS.

    Indika Friday, 26 May 2017 04:50 PM

    and how much allocated for the flood and landslide victims !!!

    Demo Crazy Friday, 26 May 2017 05:01 PM

    Samsara Shalawa. Kolonnawa. Methotamulla people must be cursing via DM Android App

    ceylon Friday, 26 May 2017 05:24 PM

    now no talks about mahindas billions for vihicles.all forgot or bribed to be forget. via DM Android App

    Gonarage Palasena Friday, 26 May 2017 05:28 PM

    Why not spending such a large sum of money for the most educated and civilized parliamentarians! This is only country with defeated members are sitting in the parliament. Therefore they deserve such benefits from people of this country!People blamed the old MARA regime and we have a YAKSHA regime!

    JANAKA Friday, 26 May 2017 05:49 PM

    this country is under political terrorism.

    janaka Saturday, 27 May 2017 02:57 PM

    Please arrange the money to pay compensation for the victims who are effected by flood and meetotamulla. No need to buy vehicles for ministers.

    rongreen Friday, 26 May 2017 05:52 PM

    should be buying boats at this rate. what a joke! country is going down and fast. the floods and heat waves and no proper solutions but vehicles they buy.

    Mason Friday, 26 May 2017 07:15 PM

    No money in the treasury and the government is almost bankrupt. Who cares, LUXURY VEHICLES FOR THE MINISTERS ARE A MUST ! The public will be squeezed to pay for it.

    Fazal Friday, 26 May 2017 07:24 PM

    The country being hit by flood every year, won't be surprised even if they allocate money to buy luxury private boats for our poor ministers to distribute bananas for the flood affected people.

    KATHIRESAN Saturday, 27 May 2017 05:43 PM


    Sincere Friday, 26 May 2017 08:06 PM

    Bad management. Why were these vehicles delayed? They should have been purchased before the flood disaster occurred!

    Sincere Friday, 26 May 2017 08:07 PM

    Pls hurry up. Get the vehicles soon. Without this no flood relief can be given to the victims. This is the most essential thing at this hour!

    Mason Saturday, 27 May 2017 07:22 PM

    More or less every year there is flood disaster. We donate to flood relief in cash or kind and pray the affected people return to normal life soon. It is the same this time too, but sadly the President is in Australia and sees no need to return immediately, sorry to say have not heard from the PM as well, probably he is planning his next visit abroad !What a shame !

    Suresh Murugaser Saturday, 27 May 2017 08:17 PM

    Have these people no shame?? Pathetic!

    seqi Sunday, 28 May 2017 12:17 AM

    what we have in private dogs and politicians have in public....a shameless ignorance of whats happening around them via DM Android App

    sahan Sunday, 28 May 2017 06:07 AM

    Only 150mn for flood relief!!!!!!According to Rajitha Senarathne

    abaran Sunday, 28 May 2017 08:11 AM

    There is no end to this? Get ready to go home.

    renu Sunday, 28 May 2017 10:10 AM


    shif Sunday, 28 May 2017 12:44 PM

    Why government cannot rent vehicles or use PickMe ?

    Lord Wolfstein Saturday, 27 May 2017 09:30 AM

    Rs.43 million to purchase a vehicle for the Deputy Minister of Rural Economy is a crime for a poor country. A Skoda or Dacia costs between 1 and 2 million Rs. (duty free). That must be enough.

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