JO opposes new supplementary estimate
to purchase luxuries for ministers

By Maheesha Mudugamuwa

The Joint Opposition (JO) yesterday said it was opposed to the supplementary estimate which was tabled in parliament last Friday seeking financial allocations to purchase new vehicles for ministers and to renovate their official residences.

Addressing the weekly media briefing at Dr N. M Perera Centre in Borella, leader of the JO parliamentary group and leader of Mahajana Eksath Peramuna Dinesh Gunawardena said parliamentary members should spend a simple lifestyle at a time the country was facing many difficulties and the people themselves were troubled by high cost of living and the dengue epidemic.

Instead of seeking financial allocations to purchase new luxury vehicles, the ministers should auction their additional vehicles and use that money to purchase enough beds for hospitals overflowing with patients.

The supplementary estimate was tabled in the parliament last Friday just two months after President Maithripala Sirisena announced that he had taken the necessary measures to suspend the purchase of vehicles for all ministers and MPs until the end of the year.

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