A Road Consultant Engineer working in Nuwara Eliya supporting a family of four, when questioned about the 2014 budget, said with a smile that neither he nor his family was interested in politics and the same policy (rather than reality) was applicable to the 2014 budget as well.
The lack of interest have been the public concerning the 2014 budget is contrary to those times when people eagerly waited for the budget to be released during the olden days. It is as if, as time flowed by, year after year, the significance of the budget had lessened with each minute of every day. Speaking about this situation Upali Nandadasa told Daily Mirror, “We have lost all interest in politics and that goes for the budget as well.
Neither I, my wife, nor our two sons (eldest is a university student in Peradeniya while the second is still schooling at Kingswood College, Kandy) ever talk about politics in our family. However when questioned whether Upali’s family can manage all the expenses, he said for a month they usually had to spend about Rs.50, 000 to live.
“Since my wife and I are both working we can afford the expenses. Yet the prices of essentials are soaring.
Last week we went to a supermarket to get some groceries, and my wife bought food essentials worth Rs.3,000. Anyway when we were returning I asked her where all the stuff we bought were, since there was only one grocery bag visible. She pointed to that bag and said: “Upali those are goods worth Rs.3,000”.
So today’s cost of living is simply unbearable. However we learned that in this year’s budget an allowance has been given to farmers, which is good.
But the question is whether that allowance is enough with the escalating cost of living. And it is also a positive sign that the government has increased the salaries of government workers. But when we consider labourers working on a daily basis, it is sad that this budget has not provided any relief to them,” Upali Nandadasa said.
" We have lost all interest in politics and that goes for the budget as well. Neither me, my wife, nor our two sons (eldest is a university student in Peradeniya while the second is still schooling in Kingswood College, Kandy) ever talk about politics in our family "