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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 109

Foreign Ministry will move supplementary vote for the forthcoming SAARC Summit.

Asian Tribune – Sri Lanka Bureau

Colombo, 21 July, ( Sri Lanka’s Foreign Ministry I will move a supplementary votes in parliament on Tuesday to obtain Rs. 2,880,180,332 for the forthcoming SAARC summit.

Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama will present this estimate and the parliament will hold a six hour debate on this proposal. According to the parliament sources this is about the recurrent expenditure will be Rs.401,881,272.00 and Capital expenditure will be Rs.2,478,299,060.00.

It contained allocations for fuel - some Rs. 45,994,935 and food and uniforms, most likely for the deployed security personnel and ushering staff amounting to Rs. 540,000.

The overtime and holiday expenditure would be a cool Rs.1, 500,000 and for transport, the allocation is Rs. 5,687,750, sources said. For accommodation, the state will spend a mammoth Rs. 52,692,967.The public institutions have been allocated Rs. 35,300,000 and this includes the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) for the hurried clean up operations and the National Youth Services Council (NYSC).

Under the allocations for rehabilitation and improvement of capital assets, the allocation is Rs. 47,411,960 - an amount that will be spent on buildings and structures.

A senior official of the government said the parliament would approve this proposal and he said it will be an easy task for the ruling party.

"However the United National Party and the JVP have already opposed this proposal.

The Wimal Weerawansa Group will not oppose this proposal, said the official.

The UNP said that the urban development Authority (UDA) officials and the Police began evicting poor residents in an area in Slave Island despite a Supreme Court stay order against the UDA. The victims about 1770 in number from 359 houses claimed that they have been in these shelters for 30 to 40 years. They have been provided with water and electricity supply too, although the Government moved to clear the area overnight for its SAARC’s tamashas.

Meanwhile government sources said a number of development and facelift projects are underway in the Colombo city to welcome the SAARC delegations.

- Asian Tribune -

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