MPs proposals to be incorporated into Budget
The Budget 2011-2013 to be presented in mid November will incorporate
the proposals of MPs for the first time in the history of Sri Lanka.
According to finance ministry sources the Treasury secretary Dr P.B.
Jayasundera personally wrote to all MPs requesting them to send their
proposals on the future development initiatives in their districts. The
MPs have started sending in their proposals to the Ministry of Finance.
Dr. Jayasundera said that upto this year we used to get proposals
from the ministries, departments, ministers in addition to the proposals
sent by the trade chambers as well as the various private sector
The official at the Ministry of Finance said that the focus of the
budget will be on provincial development as the government is of the
opinion that by developing the provinces the growth will be equally
distributed eliminating the gap between the rich and the poor.
Another priority in this year’s budget will be the reforms needed at
the Department of Customs, the Inland Revenue Department and the Excise
In addition the ministry also placed an advertisement requesting
proposals and the response is overwhelming with over 70 proposals
reaching the ministry via mails and post from the public on a daily
The source said that they requested for proposals on specific sectors
from the public.