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Opposition charges that the government has spent money without Parliamentary approval

ECONOMYNEXT – The government presented a budget for the year 2020 today in Parliament in a historic first where Parliament will have to give covering approval for monies the Executive arm of the state has already spent.

Opposition Member of Parliament Kabir Hashim said that although Votes on Account had been approved by Parliament for expenses incurred over two periods of the past year, there is a period between May and August where public money has been spent without House approval.

“We are being asked to give covering approval to expenses that have incurred without Parliamentary approval for the first time in our history,” Hashim charged.

He also said that the government had borrowed some LKR600bn in this period, but had nothing to show for it.

Instead, the people had borrowed money themselves. “The pawning of Gold Jewelry and Credit Card debts have risen,” he said.

The Leader of the Opposition Sajith Premadasa said that the prices of essentials had risen and the government’s efforts to bring the prices down by issuing Gazettes had not worked.

“Five Gazettes have been issued by the President in an attempt to control the price of rice, but it has not succeeded,” Premadasa pointed out.

He said that the same thing had happened to attempts by the government to control the price of canned fish, onions and other commodities. (Colombo, November 12, 2020)

Reported by Arjuna Ranawana

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