JVP Propaganda Secretary MP Vijitha Herath charged that whilst the President has set aside 11.4 per cent of funds for defence in his interim relief Budget, he has only allocated a paltry 4.89 per cent for agriculture, fisheries and tourism.
He stated that any forward-thinking leader of a country will never resort to such measures when the country’s economy is gasping for survival.
Herath noted that when the country’s economic crisis shows no immediate signs of revival, prominence should have been given to the aforesaid industries rather than striving to pump in much needed funds to the defence sector. He also alleged that the aim of strengthening the defence budget is to further carry out the measures aimed at crushing the protest movement of the youths as well as to protect political big wigs.
By Anurada Herath