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Sri Lanka budget amid economic crisis: President

Mar 09, 2019 19:24 PM GMT+0530 | 0 Comment(s)

ECONOMYNEXT - Sri Lanka's budget for 2019 was prepared amid an economic crisis and if anyone could do a better job they should prepare another one and show it, President Maithripala Sirisena said.


"The incumbent government will always praise the budget and the opposition will criticise it," President Sirisena told reporters in Colombo.


"I am not going to praise or criticise, but there is an economic crisis but everything that people ask cannot be given."


He said Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera had given a salary hike to state workers effective from the middle of the year.


"The problems in the country cannot be sold in one year or two and long term solutions are needed," he said.


"If there is a better budget that can be prepared, I would like experts to show it." (Colombo/Mar06/2019-SB)


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