Dec 17, 2018

Budget 2019 in first week of January - Eran

Sri Lanka will prepare an interim budget to keep the government ticking from January 2019, after a new cabinet of ministers is appointed, United National Party legislators said.

"We expect to appoint a cabinet of ministers within 48 hours," UNP legislator and former state minister for finance Eran Wickramaratne said.

"We will talk with party leaders and go for a debate or one or two days and seek approval."

Harsha de Silva, a for state minister for economic affairs said to save time, standing orders in the parliament can be suspended to seek approval for the vote on account.

"There will be no problem in paying salaries or meeting state expenditure in January," Wickramaratne said.

"No citizen need have any uncertainty about meeting payments.

Wickremeratne said a full year budget will be presented to parliament in January and with the expectation of passing it in February.

"We need 7 days debate and committee stage debate which requires 26 days," Wickramaratne said.

Wickramaratne said there will be a disciplined administration.

"There should not be a more than 30 members in the cabinet," Wickramaratne said. "There should fiscal discipline. This year there should not be new vehicle purchases. Foreign travel should be curtailed.

"Sri Lanka is a small country. A cabinet of 30 ministers is more than enough."

"That is the public opinion".


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