IMF Report to be debated in the House

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BY Naalir Jamaldeen

The Government has decided to hold a debate on the IMF Report when Parliament meets in the first week of April, Chief Government Whip, Minister Johnston Fernando said.

UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe has requested that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Report be debated in Parliament immediately, after the Government has approached the IMF for assistance in resolving the country’s burning economic crisis.

UNP Leader Wickremesinghe said, the IMF has released a 95-page study report on the country’s financial situation and urged the Government to table it in Parliament and hold a debate on it.

Meanwhile, Chief Opposition Whip Lakshman Kiriella had also written to Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena, requesting him to immediately to call for a party leaders’ meeting to decide on a date for the debate on the IMF report, when Parliament convenes between 5 to 8 April. Meanwhile, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has appointed a committee to work together with the IMF. Foreign Affairs Minister G. L. Peiris, Justice Minister M. U. M. Ali Sabry, Governor of Central Bank Ajith Nivard Cabraal and Secretary to the Finance Ministry S. R. Attygalle are among them.