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Budget proposes to steer economy through same failed economic path: AKD

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By Ajith Siriwardana and Yohan Perera

COLOMBO (Daily Mirror)-The budget 2024 has proposed to steer the country through the same failed economic path instead of finding permanent solutions to the grave economic issues faced by the country, NPP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said yesterday.

Commenting on the budget, he said the President in his budget speech said that the country had adopted an economic policy of obtaining loans, printing money and selling state for the last 75 years and he proposed the same old policies as solutions.

“The first phase of his budget comprised a confession of his and his government over the destruction of the economy. He pointed out the failed economic policies adopted by the

government during the past 75 years including obtaining loans, printing money and selling state property. Then, in the second phase, he made proposals to exit economic shambles.

These proposals are also entirely based on the economic policies of obtaining loans, printing money and selling state property,” he said.

The MP said the President has proposed to increase the debt threshold by Rs. 3,400 billion.


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  • Steve Tuesday, 14 November 2023 07:43 AM

    So how would you do it AKD?

    SLEx Tuesday, 14 November 2023 07:57 AM

    Lets see what your party will propose during the budget debate. Let me guess, is it to stop privatising loss making SOEs so we can run them by obtaining loans and printing money? Or are you just going to complain about what is suggested is not good and then not provide any other reasonable solutions? That seems to be the pattern. Alot of talk, but no scientific data to prove anything.

    Leo Tuesday, 14 November 2023 08:06 AM

    Mr. AKD, why don't you present your budget proposals as the president has requested for them, if available.

    Klm Tuesday, 14 November 2023 08:11 AM

    Do you have any alternative proposals, Mr. Dissanayaka?

    Dushantha Kurera Tuesday, 14 November 2023 08:28 AM

    Well Said AKD

    DPerera Tuesday, 14 November 2023 08:30 AM

    Criticism is cheap. Instead AKD should've explained how he is proposing to raise money to spend on public services. Is AKD going to reduce taxes, fuel and electricity prices under future NPP government?

    Upali Wickramasinghe Tuesday, 14 November 2023 11:33 AM

    Mr. Perera, I do not know about taxes but the petrol/diesel bill can be reduced within a short time.We have the sources need to install the machinery, which will take about a year.In the process even the electricity bill can be drastically reduced. Provided a proper system is implemented the electricity bill of the low and middle class can be reduced to zero_ Many countries had done it.

    SLEx Tuesday, 14 November 2023 12:15 PM

    Upali, who has done it? Unless it’s a country that sells oil, no country has cheap electricity. You must not be following the world news. Or you are living in your own utopia

    DPerera Tuesday, 14 November 2023 02:18 PM

    Mr. Upali, why don't you tell us the sources from where NPP will get money to spend on public services. Also are you indirectly saying NPP will increase VAT

    ama Tuesday, 14 November 2023 08:37 AM

    Absolutely correct

    Tissa Fernando Tuesday, 14 November 2023 08:42 AM

    But you haven't given any alternative proposal except that you mentioned that you could pay back all loans by selling 'Graphaitte'. Sometimes back Nagahananda too told the same thing. Now he has disappeared after last election with collected money. By the way hope you enjoyed Emirates Business Class trop to USA. We have seen your ads in New York City busses too. Were you thinking of running for a seat in the New York City too?

    Chux Tuesday, 14 November 2023 08:52 AM

    As if you and party are a success in o the country you and your party are have done very important role ruin both the economy and social life our nation

    Gaston Tuesday, 14 November 2023 09:05 AM

    These people are all philosophers as long as they do not do anything.

    Jude Tuesday, 14 November 2023 09:38 AM

    What SL budget is all about getting grants And Loans to bridge the budget deficit, any shortfall Will be covered through borrowings from state banks, then also from EPF and ETF yeah!! No government plans to increase GDP!!

    Priyanee Wijesekera Tuesday, 14 November 2023 10:08 AM

    If AKD becomes President all of us can be as rich as he is

    Aboosally Tuesday, 14 November 2023 10:59 AM

    What does this guy knows about the economy. Good to keep him in the opposition, just to disturb law makers sleeping in the house.

    Prasad Tuesday, 14 November 2023 11:49 AM

    Yes AKD, you are absolutely correct. Okay, then what?

    A Tuesday, 14 November 2023 12:26 PM

    All talk AKD

    Cheers Tuesday, 14 November 2023 02:08 PM

    You idiot only knows destruction along with jeppo just imagine an idiot like AKD will be end of sri lanka go home AKD

    Passata Reverse Karana Pakshaya Tuesday, 14 November 2023 02:31 PM

    AKD and the NPP (JVP) supporters, please read these comments and realise that most tax payers and normal citizens are looking for a leadership that is genuine in what they say, will do the utmost that they can without robbing. You are such a negative bunch, you have burnt buses and destroyed society, delayed electricity generation, deprived private uni and really taken Sri Lanka backwards. Change, allow the younger educated JVPers like Dr Harini Harsha Nanayakkara to reform the party into a more real life party moving away from maxism and other no longer do able mentalities. Once in away atleast appreciate some good things.

    Navi Tuesday, 14 November 2023 08:30 PM

    What is your path ?? Just spell it out. Real path, Graphite or Graphine?

    Tissa Fernando Wednesday, 15 November 2023 01:48 AM

    Graphinne total market size in 2023 was USD 175 million. If Sri Lanka cam catch 10% of that it is only USD 17.5 million per year. So , AKD is going to pay for everything from thus money ???? His followers think so.

    Mahila Wednesday, 15 November 2023 12:25 AM

    What is the alternative you have??? Detail it for scrutiny, before and not after elections!!!??? That's what happened in 1970!!!! "Handeng" Gehen Awa, Neil Armstrong will bring after the "Moon Walk"!!?? Maru sellang!!??? Sorry, can't allow that rubbish!!!?? Now or NEVER!!!


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