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Monday, February 09, 2015 - 05.22 GMT

Interim budget passed


Parliament on Saturday near unanimously approved the government's Interim Budget that offered concessions to all sections of the society.

The House with amendments passed the second reading of the Appropriation (Amendment) Bill presented in parliament on January 29 with 164 legislators voting in favor and one against.

Parliamentarians of the UPFA, TNA and Parliamentarian Jayantha Ketagoda of the Democratic National Alliance voted for the Budget and only parliamentarian Ajith Kumara voted against the Interim Budget.

Parliamentarians DEW Gunasekera, Tissa Vitharana, Dinesh Gunawardena, Geethanjana Gunawardena, Vasudeva Nanayakkara, Wimal Weerawansa, Chandrasiri Gajadeera, Y G Padmasiri, Weerakumara Dissanayaka and Sriyani Wijewickrama refrained from voting, the national radio said.

President Maithripala Sirisena was also present in Parliament during the voting.

Making the reply speech of the debate, Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayaka said this interim budget has been prepared for the entire year and is not just targeting the 100 days of government before general election.

The Interim Budget proposed to increase salaries of state sector employees by Rs. 10,000 benefiting 1.3 million public sector employees.

The budget also reduced the prices of 13 essential items fulfilling the government's pledge to reduce the cost of living of the public while imposing heavy taxes on private companies that gain hefty profits.

Taxes have been imposed on liquor outlets and bars, distilleries, mobile telephone service providers, TV channels telecasting sports and casinos.





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