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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2643

Lanka Parliament approves controversial interim funding to the tune of 6.5 m dollars

By Joseph Thavarajah

Colombo, 20 June, (Asiantribune.com): Sri Lanka government this afternoon managed to wrest essential interim funding from the Parliament to the value of Rs 650 million (Approx 6.5 m dollars) thanks largely to the minority parties such as the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC), Ceylon Workers'Congress (CWC), the nationalists Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) and the Up Country People's Front (UPF), that voted along with the ruling Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP).

Parliament yesterday afternoon gave approval for the closely watched and highly opposed interim funding called "supplementary estimates" to the value of over Rs 650 million (Approx 6.5 m dollars) for seven government Ministries.

The supplementary estimates were passed by 107 votes with only 87 opposing. The Parties that opposed the estimates are the main opposition party the UNP, the Marxists JVP and the Tamil National Alliance.

The JVP already said that the allocation for the remaining six months of the year is not acceptable when the public is being inconvenienced by the rising cost of living.

Three of the supplementary estimates are for the ad-hoc ministries created in January this year for the former UNP MPs who crossed over to the government.

All estimates have been already approved by the Cabinet of Ministers of Sri Lanka.

- Asian Tribune -

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