UNP General Secretary Palitha Range Bandara yesterday (31) claimed President Ranil Wickremesinghe has presented an ‘exceptional and extraordinary’ development-oriented interim budget in Parliament, considering every sector with short, medium and long term development plans.
Range Bandara went on to say that priority has been given to build up and strengthen national security to face any situation even in 2030.
In addition to it, attention has been paid to a significant level through the interim budget 2022 to ascertain the security and privileges of judiciary and the officials who maintain the law and order without any interruption, according to Range Bandara.
The UNP General Secretary further claimed attention has been focused in this connection through the Interim Budget presented by President Wickremesinghe. The release of Ranjan Ramanayake is an
pre-example for this, he claimed.
He made these claims while addressing the media with regard to the President’s Interim Budget speech in Parliament on Tuesday (30 August).
“Priority must be given to agriculture sector to strengthen the economy. Measures have been taken to free the farmers from debt burden. Nearly 80 per cent of land stretch owned to the government is to be used for the purpose of cultivation. Significant importance has been given to food production through the interim budget,” Bandara said.
There are more than 67,000 low income earning families in the country at present. Attention has been focused to provide them concessions. The President has taken action to alleviate poverty through it, he said, adding,
“Research and development in the agriculture sector must be further strengthened. New paddy varieties with highest yield capacity must be introduced to achieve self-sufficiency in rice production. Significant importance has been given through the Interim Budget for this purpose as well.”
By Naalir Jamaldeen