Minister Vajira Abeywardena says the budget has been presented according to the development targets of the country. He said this while taking part in the second day of the budget debate today.
Expressing his views the Minister said that the budget has made all sectors stronger and increased the salaries of public servants by more than two fold. The minimum salary of pensioners has been increased by 1,600 rupees. The Minister pointed out allowances of three armed forces have been increased after 20 years.
Taking part in the debate Minister Malik Samarawickrama said that the budget has been presented with the aim of making the country with a high economic growth nation by the year 2025. Small and medium scale industry will get many benefits under Enterprise Sri Lanka programme. Many concessions have been given to encourage investments and investors.
Minister Thalatha Athukorala said that the budget will provide equal benefits to everyone. The village will be made stronger by the Gamperaliya programme. She said that Enterprise Sri Lanka programme has contributed to create new entrepreneurs.
State Minister Ashoka Abeysinghe taking part in the debate pointed out the budget has introduced measures to empower people. 1.5 billion rupees has been allocated to purchase 250 buses.
State Minister Faizal Cassim said that the government has increased salaries of the public servants by seven percent. More allocations have been set apart for the development of education sector. He said that he was happy to note that the budget has made proposals to provide houses for the families without houses.
Taking part in the debate parliamentarian W.D.J. Seneviratne said that the budget has not met the aspirations of the people. He said that farmers have to face many problems due to imports of pepper.
JVP parliamentarian Nalin de Jayatissa said that the budget has not provided solutions for the economic crisis in the country. He emphasized the need for a programme which could build the country.