More supplementary estimates to cover expenses of President, others


By Saman Indrajith

The government yesterday submitted a supplementary estimate seeking parliamentary approval for Rs 346,141,000 to cover various expenses incurred under the expenditure heading of the President including the expenses of President Maithripala Sirisena’s visit to the US to address the 70th United Nations General Assembly in September this year with a delegation, which included his son Daham Sirisena.

The cost of the President’s UN visit was Rs. 90,000,000, according to the supplementary estimate tabled in Parliament by Media and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Gayantha Karunathilake.  

The estimate seeks approval for Rs. 18,000,000 to meet the shortfall of provision for personal emoluments of Presidential commissions, Rs. 3,000,000 to facilitate the newly created Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development, Rs. 19,781,000 for the implementation of the budget proposal 2015 – to enable MILCO to supply low price milk products and to pay for the price increase in raw milk purchased from farmers,  Rs. 12,000,000 to facilitate the newly created Ministry of Southern Development, R. 102,000,000 to meet the shortfall of recurrent expenditure, Rs. 7,360,000 to meet the shortfall in paying salaries and allowances for the staff of COSTI project (Co-ordination and Monitoring Framework for Scientific Affairs) and paying salaries and other recurrent expenditure for Ministry of Special Projects, Rs 2,000,000 to facilitate newly created Ministry of Development Strategies and International Trades, Rs. 5,000,000 to facilitate newly created Ministry of Public Enterprise Development, and Rs. 90,000,000 to meet the shortfall of provision for recurrent and capital expenditure.

Supplementary allocations are being provided in terms of Clause 6 (1) of the Appropriation Act. These are provided for the purpose specified in approved budget estimates to relevant spending, agencies having carried out a need assessment, giving consideration to relevant financial regulations, and approved procedures.

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