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The UNP commenting on the 2011 budget said that it failed to provide any concessions to the ordinary citizens of the country. The 5 percent monthly non pensionable allowance given to the public servants comes to Rs 555 and the cost of living allowance comes to only Rs 600, UNP MP Dr. Harsha De Silva said

This is unsatisfactory as the public servants expected much more than this. They expected an increment of Rs 2500 at least but their dreams were shattered. The UNP expected a Rs 10,000 pay hike for the public sector while the JVP expected Rs 9,000 he said.   

The business sector had got a host of concessions instead of the ordinary citizens. Close associates of this government had been given the opportunity to enjoy themselves with a host of incentives, Dr. Harsha De Silva said (KB & YP)

  Comments - 57

  • Prasanna Tuesday, 23 November 2010 12:28 PM

    Viraj, You are more sensible than the so called economist highly overrated.

    willows Tuesday, 23 November 2010 06:25 AM

    what about cut in ministers?

    Neutral Tuesday, 23 November 2010 06:58 AM

    Dr.Harsha De Silva is a well respected economist, whose presentations are with facts & figures, not just like the politicos. therefor pls.dont insult a person like Dr.Silva without valid reasons. those who are interested to know about him should watch TV debates, read Newspaper articles he presents.

    puk Tuesday, 23 November 2010 07:11 AM


    Kan Tuesday, 23 November 2010 07:45 AM

    that is unavoidable due to coalition government. If it is only UNP or SLFP single party then numbers of ministers and deputies will be minimum. If each and every party is not given one or two portfolio, then government will collapse.

    Dignity Tuesday, 23 November 2010 08:12 AM

    What do you know ?

    Given from one hand, taken from the other hand ...... tax concessions..............

    sajith Tuesday, 23 November 2010 08:46 AM

    citizens cannot expect concessons as govt is wasting money to remain in power

    Devaka Tuesday, 23 November 2010 08:57 AM

    Desperate statements from a bankrupt political party should not be taken seriously

    mwta Tuesday, 23 November 2010 09:17 AM

    In this country, 75% of the people (like you) do not know how to analyse a problem. These uneducated politicians win due to this 75%. Merely due to the fact that they can't do not understand the facts. one ruling party politician said when we came to power, dollar was 107/ now Rs.116/ see the development. People started clapping. those belong to this 75%
    do you know the cost to build a sq, ft of the Dehiwala flyover was 4 times bigger than the cost per sq ft to construct the 7 star Sea hotel in Dubai? why was it so expensive? where did the money go? think impartially. Why do we have a cabinet of 59 for SL when India (60 times bigger than SL)has only 21 ministers? why don't we get FDIs even after the war?
    I can tell you so many things. sit and think? without making useless and baseless comments and insulting educated people like Dr. Harsha

    Mallika Tuesday, 23 November 2010 09:26 AM

    The Gov is trying their level best to provide whatever possible disregard the fact what was told earlier. Other parties are day dreaming of Rs.10,000/.= & Rs. 9,000/= and they can keep altering the amounts as and when they want as they will never get a chance to rule the country. Put yourself into other persons shoe before bragging

    unl Tuesday, 23 November 2010 10:00 AM

    where did get this facts. from Dr. Harsha ?UNPer, Educated or uneducated all are liars.

    Pedro Tuesday, 23 November 2010 11:06 AM

    Well, it is not only the right but also the function of the opposition to point at those facts that the Government might not like and therefore has not shown clearly. But many followers of the Government in Sri Lanka have now a mindset of criticism or even pointing out this kind of fact being lese-majesty.

    Rohan Tuesday, 23 November 2010 11:36 AM

    Budget was more focused on development. It is the best for future of Srilanka.

    silva Tuesday, 23 November 2010 12:02 PM

    DEVELOPMENT of MPs, ministers and all high ranking officials.

    don Tuesday, 23 November 2010 12:03 PM

    This is the best budget Sri Lanka has ever come out. I can not belive someon like Dr Harsha is condeming this budget. I m sure he is making these stupid remarks for political reasons and if not his doctorate should be give to someone else.I think all sri lankans should support this budget and the president for taking such bold decisions,,

    malkanthi Tuesday, 23 November 2010 06:13 AM

    No No Dr Silva is having an excellence reputation for public relations, so got what he deserve. This is how government trying to tame the those make demands, I expected higher education as well.

    pali Tuesday, 23 November 2010 01:20 PM

    ada you are a pool as many Sri Lankan, not even gone to a school, just insulting

    Ossan Salam - Doha Tuesday, 23 November 2010 01:29 PM

    As a shadow finance minister of UNP(as he dreaming) he could have submitted a shadow budget (as they did appoint shadow cabinet couple of years back) to compete the government budget............

    JUNIOR CITIZEN Tuesday, 23 November 2010 03:25 PM

    Go abroad ,you can get a PhD FOR A FEW Mn rupees

    Siripala Tuesday, 23 November 2010 03:34 PM

    Brilliant analysis. Pl keep it up.

    AA Tuesday, 23 November 2010 05:48 PM

    Please respect the educated.

    AA Tuesday, 23 November 2010 05:50 PM

    Are you living in Sri lanka or somewhere else? Is anyone accountable here?

    snf4 Tuesday, 23 November 2010 07:47 PM

    The defence has got the biggest allocation. Doe anyone think it will be reduced next time? This is something that Sri Lankans will witness and have to live with for more years.So expect the least deveolpment and minimum sources of income.

    chinthaka Wednesday, 24 November 2010 01:16 AM

    Can you do simple mathematics?

    multiplying 10,000 by over 1 million Govr servants and get the answer and see the figure.

    chinthaka Wednesday, 24 November 2010 01:24 AM

    Mr. Dilruk., there are some PhD holders , cannot see what you see.

    chinthaka Wednesday, 24 November 2010 01:27 AM

    Well said Viraj. & Gul Fernando.

    I think Harsha like people should take some tuition from you .

    - chinthaka, Dubai

    victoria Wednesday, 24 November 2010 01:35 AM

    When you have to repay China the loan y with interest to build unproductive projects How can any future governments pay hikes ?? NOT for the next 3-4 years, BUT for many years to come??

    victoria Wednesday, 24 November 2010 01:36 AM

    The country from the 3rd to least?

    victoria Wednesday, 24 November 2010 02:25 AM

    Cut in heir percs to increase slaries - a 40K a month increase for telephones of MPs if not given, will give Rs.100 a month increase to 90,000 workers??

    Hasiya Tuesday, 23 November 2010 03:57 AM

    U can't get everything u expect dear UNP & JVP!

    sw Monday, 22 November 2010 03:58 PM

    This Budget expands the gap between have s and have not.

    ada Monday, 22 November 2010 04:48 PM

    I really think he should go ask his parents for forgiveness thus he has wasted all that money they spent educating him abroad. He is not an economist he is a ordinary commoner not with an inch of presence of mind

    sarojini Monday, 22 November 2010 04:50 PM

    People had a high hope of increasing their pay at least by Rs 10000/= am sure Academics too got the same 5% increment!!! welldone

    Ranjith Monday, 22 November 2010 05:03 PM

    Another one month of things to talk!. Go man go.

    Jane Monday, 22 November 2010 05:27 PM

    As usual, nothing for the common man

    kkarunan Monday, 22 November 2010 10:15 PM

    sri lanka cant payoff its ware expenses overnight....we are still pay it off, atleast for the next 3-4 years. The UNP will shout with their Rs10,000 pay hikes....but where were they going to get the money from if they were in power?

    Dr. W. Wickrama Monday, 22 November 2010 10:16 PM

    His analysis is a blank one. No any justification was given for their party`s demand. Even in other countries living cost is typically increased by 3%. So Sri Lankans get more than that. I think same as UNP other leaders, this new MP alsp lost credibility in this case.

    dilruk Monday, 22 November 2010 10:53 PM

    somthing is better than nothing...Gvt has given lot of tax concessions and finnaly it will have indirect or direct impact to all people...

    Increase salary is not the solution.....

    KP Tuesday, 23 November 2010 12:50 AM

    Do you know any process named "Development" ?

    gamini Tuesday, 23 November 2010 01:37 AM

    If the country's productivity is high the cost of living wont be rising as present. If you consider the holidays and the other holidays given to the public how could a nation be successful. The said amount they have requested is beyond anyone.s limits. If you walk to any govt. office you could witness how many employees really work there. Do they really deserve these high pay raises ?

    shanta Tuesday, 23 November 2010 02:51 AM

    It is a pity that a man of Harsha's caliber not understanding features of a development oriented budget compared to a budget focused on consumer welfare (and votes). Harsha's agenda is quite visible to public as he is raising his voice to support a rejected political group.

    Knight Rider Tuesday, 23 November 2010 03:20 AM

    The only thing the UNP or JVP can do stand in front of the Lipton Round about and shout for an hour, while the Govt get about their business as usual. yet the public servants are not grumbling or demanding for a pay hike.

    keerthi wijesinghe Tuesday, 23 November 2010 03:35 AM

    How long do we want to stay to get development benifits?

    Kolla! Monday, 22 November 2010 03:51 PM

    The gov must be having excess money since there's no expenses in war anymore! What has happened to them?

    kassa Tuesday, 23 November 2010 04:09 AM

    Can you give as you think?

    Prasanna Tuesday, 23 November 2010 04:27 AM

    This is what happens to Economists when they become politicians. Why didn't Ranil do this in 2002 ?

    kushantha Tuesday, 23 November 2010 04:44 AM

    Some economic experts support the government some are not. may be they are graduated from different universities.

    DMan Tuesday, 23 November 2010 05:07 AM

    Dr De Seilva is the best Economist in the country. His statements are factual. If one listens to his speaches you will find how he's different from the rest of the un-educated clan of politicians...Therefore dont try to judge him with your limited knowledge of the matter....

    Fayad Tuesday, 23 November 2010 05:08 AM

    Economist MP people do not want concessions as most of the commodities are imported, its impossible to dictate term in the international market what people want is a good salary increment to meet the cost of living.

    Sanvediya Tuesday, 23 November 2010 05:11 AM

    Not UNP & JVP, people desperately expected something that was adequate, unfortunately was not within the limits of his sensitivity.

    puk Tuesday, 23 November 2010 05:35 AM

    Testing 1 1, 12345, abc , abcde

    Kan Tuesday, 23 November 2010 05:45 AM

    Either salary increase of Rs.10000 or National development to create more jobs for jobless citizens, both can not go together.

    Viraj Tuesday, 23 November 2010 05:47 AM

    Work hard and put your best effort in whatever the chosen occupation. Then you will earn the deserved piece of economic development. It'll be in your footsteps even before you think.

    SL is not a socialistic society where the hardworker and the lazy moron will get the equal share of economic development in a platter. You have to be a part of it to get benefit from it.

    lanka puta Tuesday, 23 November 2010 05:58 AM

    to mr & company

    pissu balla Tuesday, 23 November 2010 06:01 AM

    the world's best budget ever.

    gUL fERNANDO Tuesday, 23 November 2010 06:03 AM

    Great saying Viraj, you have a better understanding about the issue than (doctorate bought not gain) scholars

    malkanthi Tuesday, 23 November 2010 06:11 AM

    Those work hard dont get benefits as much as the hooligans! That's the political culture. You may be somewhat blind to these facts.

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