Leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella told Parliament today that while several amendments and proposals had been made with regards to the 2016 budget, the Finance Minister will announce what has been accepted to be included in the final budget.
Kiriella was responding to a question posed by Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) Parliamentarian Vijitha Herath who had asked what the final budget really is.
He noted that while Karunanayake had presented the original budget proposals, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had announced some amendments yesterday and President Maithripala Sirisena is expected to announce more changes on his return from Rome.
Herath said that several trade unions suspended strike action which was to be launched today against the budget following assurances given by the Prime Minister.
However Herath said the trade unions must now keep in mind that only what Karunanayake announces on Saturday will be the final budget and not what the Prime Minister has said with regards to the amendments. (Colombo Gazette)