Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) yesterday dis-associated itself from the government’s decision to increase water bills by 30 per cent.
Party’s Research and Technology Minister Susil Premajayantha told Daily Mirror this proposal had been introduced outside the budget.
“We have to discuss this matter. We were in the dark about it,” he said.
When asked about the SLFP proposals incorporated in the budget, the minister said some of them had been incorporated with modifications.
“We are agreeable to that,” he said and added that the proposal to provide electronic tablets free of charge to schoolchildren would not serve the intended purpose in the wake of the government deciding to increase internet-usage charges.
“Along with progressive proposals, there are some meaningless ones as well,” he said. (Kelum Bandara)
Premalal Tuesday, 15 November 2016 06:59 AM
Come on Minister you and your party are part of this government and enjoy most of the good things in life provided at the tax payers 'expense. You are fully responsible for what is in the budget, both good and meaningless as you say and what is out side the budget. My gut feeling is within the next few months even the good things like most of duty reductions of food items will be reversed "to help farmers" This has happened every year. .
Kadiya Tuesday, 15 November 2016 07:00 AM
All the budgetary relief to the poor erased by one stroke-Merry Christmas.!!!
Kumara Tuesday, 15 November 2016 07:14 AM
Who is ruling this country?
Tony Tuesday, 15 November 2016 07:17 AM
Biggest mistake the Governments did since independence was to give every thing free. Free education, students do not realize the value. They go on striking, vandalizing instead of studying. There must be a student loan scheme and they must payback after completion of studies and on employment. All western countries have this system and is successful. Even the Sri Lankan students studying abroad pay their fees.
Confused Tuesday, 15 November 2016 08:31 AM
Is not the SLFP part of this government? Where did Premajayath learn his politics on Cabinet Responsibilty? Did not eh Cabinet approve the provisions of the budget ? Is this the sort of politician we have in this country? Completely unprincipled and opportunist!
Raz Tuesday, 15 November 2016 09:15 AM
Yes my friend you are absolutely correct. If everything is free try being a begger and let country become a pariah state via DM Android App
ajantha Tuesday, 15 November 2016 09:23 AM
You were waiting until the budget is presented and now raise your concerns.
Mevan Tuesday, 15 November 2016 10:11 AM
Very good move. Now at the budget vote defeat Ranil and the band of bond crooks and set up a SLFP Govt.This Govt should be without Ali Baba and the family of robbers.
Coconut Republic Tuesday, 15 November 2016 10:14 AM
Also , we had free rations long time ago. As result lazy genes in most of our people. Free. .free...free. work for it for achieving good things in life
das Tuesday, 15 November 2016 10:21 AM
During difficult times tough decisions must be made to bring the country back on track. Disassociate yourself permanently from politics if you can't understand that.
Don Tuesday, 15 November 2016 10:43 AM
Seriously what are their reasons Is the water source charging the ceb more Or are the management looking for ways to waste peoples money via DM Android App
Selvyn Tuesday, 15 November 2016 01:37 PM
This man and his colleagues immediately hanged on to President but criticising now to score a point to please and attract the people via DM Android App
Selvyn Tuesday, 15 November 2016 01:42 PM
People are very wise to know what this man is upto. This type of criticism should have been done when he was with Ali Baba via DM Android App
Voter Tuesday, 15 November 2016 02:16 PM
Prem these are matters you shouldraise with the President and the Cabinet and show your opposition. via DM Android App
Sincere Tuesday, 15 November 2016 02:31 PM
How can a decent Government expect joint responsibility from a lot like you all!!
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