Govt. presents 67 supplementary estimates

By Saman Indrajith

The Government yesterday presented 67 supplementary estimates, running into millions of rupees, for Parliamentary approval, including one of Rs 1.1 billion to meet the expenditure related to the printing of vehicle number plates from May to December 2011.

This supplementary estimate was provided to the Department of Motor Traffic, according to papers submitted to Parliament.

The supplementary estimates had been allocated between June 10 and 30, 2011 from the Budgetary Support Services and Contingency Liabilities project of the Department of National Budget.

The other allocations include Rs 23.3 million as rent for the building housing the Secretariat for Senior ministers, Rs 97.9 million for purchase of computers, training of teachers and capacity building under the Education Sector Development project, under the Ministry of education and over Rs 40 million to the Ministry of External Affairs in relation to the re-opening of the Sri Lanka Embassy in Baghdad.

Millions of rupees have also been allocated for the purchase of vehicles, including Rs 6.2 million for a vehicle for the Ministry of Child Development and Women’s Affairs, Rs 5.2 million for a vehicle for the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery and Corruption and Rs 4.8 million for a vehicle for the Prime Minister’s office.

Another Rs 16 million has been allocated to purchase vehicles for Sri Lanka embassies in Seoul, Mumbai, Qatar and the Philippines.

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