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Sri Lankan ministries to lose 5% of budgeted funds

COLOMBO (News 1st) – President Ranil Wickremesinghe has informed the cabinet that the fund allocations made via the budget for all ministries will have to be cut down by 5%.This was announced by Minister Bandula Gunawardena, the Cabinet Spokesperson on Tuesday (10) at the weekly Cabinet media briefing."There is no stable income to even support the essential welfare expenses.

Therefore, the Cabinet was informed that all ministry allocations from the budget will be cut down by 5%."Cabinet Spokesperson Minister Bandula Gunawardena told reporters that the President had informed the Cabinet that the treasury is facing a serious financial crisis.The Minister said that the government is already finding it difficult to pay the state sector salaries for January and February.However, State Finance Minister Shehan Semasinghe says that there should be no undue fear regarding the payment of government employee salaries or welfare benefits including the Samurdhi allowance.In a statement, the State Finance Minister stated that priority will be given to government employee salaries, pensions and welfare benefits in the management of government revenue and expenditure.The State Finance Minister indicated that a plan to settle the bills due from the government for certain projects is currently under discussion with the relevant ministries.

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Supreme Court Interim Order on LG Election becomes a privilege issue?
COLOMBO (News 1st); State Minister Shehan Semasinghe raising a privilege issue in parliament on Friday (10) noted that it is a serious offense to proceed with the Interim Order given by the Supreme Court on 3rd March, when the matter is already produced to the Committee on Parliamentary Ethics and Privileges.He requested the Deputy Speaker to advise relevant authorities not to proceed further or take any action on the interim order with regard to the Local Government election until the Committee on Parliamentary Ethics and Privileges concludes its hearing on the privilege issue raised by MP Premanath C Dollewatte.MP Premnath C. Dolawatte told Parliament on 7th of March that the powers and privileges of Parliament have been violated by the Interim Order issued by several judges of the Supreme Court on March 3rd, 2023.On March 3rd, the Supreme Court, considering Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) General Secretary Ranjith Madduma Bandara’s petition, issued an Interim Order to the Finance Ministry Secretary and the Attorney General preventing them from withholding the funds allocated for elections in Budget 2023.Dolawatte claimed the said Interim Order can be viewed “as clear breach of privileges and powers of Parliament.”MPs from the opposition led by Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa on Friday (10) met with the Deputy Speaker to discuss the privilege issues raised by State Minister Shehan Semasinghe, and MP Premnath C.