Government will bring a people’s budget - Ravi
October 30, 2016 11:11 am
The forthcoming budget that will be presented on Nov 10 will be a people’s budget as it would incorporate ideas proposed by the people from all corners of the country, Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake says.
The Ministry of Finance has already received over 2200 proposals from the people. This also includes proposals from other sectors of the economy, trade unions; trade chambers corporate sectors, companies and the individual firms, the Ministry said in a statement today.
Karunanayake said that he had already visited several provinces to get the first hand information directly from the people on their expectations and the needs to improve their livelihood. The Minister visited the places such as Mavil Aru in Trincomalee, Polonnaruwa and Galle and several other districts. Further the minister also had discussions with Trade union representatives and others who represent various sectors of the economy such as tourism, poultry industry, vehicle importers, trade and industry in Colombo and the provinces.
“For the first time in the history of budget making the finance ministry has obtained the services of academics to have a systematic survey on the needs of the people. Accordingly, teams of academics from ten national universities recently handed over their findings of the surveys conducted at the Divisional Secretariat level island wide. These academics teams with the assistance of the Ministry of Finance conducted systematic surveys on the economic needs of the people covering 332 DS divisions in the country with the aegis of respective Divisional Secretaries,” the statement said.
“The budget with the incorporation of the proposals from the people and the government policy of transforming the country into a manufacturing economy will have many surprises beneficial to all and the concessions given by way of price reduction of essential goods and services will continue unabated” declared the Finance Minister on his budget secrets.
Finance Minister said that all these proposals were being studied before finalizing the budget as the government has adopted a bottom up approach to make the budget a reality.
The minister said that as Sri Lanka aspires to become a higher middle-income country, it would need to adjust its development model with the intention of having increased per capita income and lowering the fiscal deficit to 3.5 % of the GDP by year 2020.
Accordingly, the minister said that the government instead of hanging on mere slogans, through the forthcoming budget will make available financial allocations to all line ministries based on their action plans in order to achieve the government’s policy of 1. Generating one million job opportunities 2. Enhancing income levels 3. Developing rural economies 4. Ensuring land ownership to rural and estate sectors, the middle class and government employees and 5. Creating a wide and a strong middle class without any restrictions.