A Supplementary Estimate of Rs 695 billion for various purposes was presented to Parliament yesterday (7).
Through the estimate, Rs 87 billion was sought to continue payment of the monthly allowance of Rs 5,000 to Government servants from January 2022, while Rs 40 million was sought to continue payment of the monthly allowance of Rs 5,000 to pensioners. A sum of Rs 15 billion was sought to pay a monthly allowance of Rs 1,000 to Samurdhi beneficiaries.
Rs 140 billion was sought to pay Samurdhi beneficiaries affected by the economic crisis, Rs 50 billion for the Ceylon Electricity Board to settle outstanding payments to the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation, Rs 12 billion for green agriculture, and Rs 50 billion for fertiliser payments.
Further, approval was sought for Rs 25 billion to provide food to the Security Forces, prisons, and hospitals due to the increase in commodity prices.
Rs 4.5 billion was sought for other recurrent expenditure, Rs 21 billion for loan interest, and Rs 250 billion to account for the expenses connected to the Indian credit line to import essential items.
By Gagani Weerakoon and Methmalie Dissanayake