Sri Lanka provincial councils revert to Treasury funding

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s government has decided to resume funding of provincial councils through the general Treasury instead of the Ministry of Provincial Councils and Local Governments as proposed in the last budget, government spokesman Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne said.

The move is aimed at strengthening coordination between provincial councils and central government ministries, he told a news conference.

Under the 2016 budget proposals, budgetary allocations for Provincial Councils were to be made under the vote of the Ministry of Provincial Councils and Local Governments.

But the Cabinet of Ministers this week decided to apply the old method used till the end of 2015 and approved amending the Appropriation Act No. 16 of 2015, to enable allocation of budgetary provisions directly by the General Treasury to Provincial Councils.

Senaratne said problems had arisen in implementing activities of Provincial Councils efficiently, such as recruitment of teachers to schools under Provincial Councils, filling vacancies of posts of Principals and Teachers, and difficulties in obtaining resources for Provincial Councils, and waste disposal.
(COLOMBO, June 23, 2016)

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