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Budget 2019 - LIVE

4:30pm
The appropriation bill will be continue tomorrow at 9.30am
 
4:27pm
The levy on Beedi leaves (1kg) will be increased to Rs. 3,000.
 
4:26pm
Entrance fee to a casino will be increased to USD 50 dollars as of June 1, 2019
Excise duty on locally manufacture alcohol will be revised form midnight today.
The price of a cigarette will increase by Rs 5, The tax on cigarettes will be revised from midnight today. All 60mm cigarettes will be subject to a 12% Nation Building Tax from June 01. 
 
4:25pm
Expressway tolls will increase by Rs. 100 during rush hour. Citizens have the ability to customize their vehicle number plates. 
 
4:23pm
Chargers for one day service for passports will increase to Rs. 5,000 and the normal service will be at Rs. 3,000.
 
4:18pm
100 million allocated for the production of jaggery and toddy bottling industry in the North and East and 300 million allocated for the rehabilitation of giant tanks.
 
4:15pm
200 million to the office of reparations for awareness programmes on Communicating out reconciliation efforts and set up office.
6,000million  will be provided to families of the missing until their cases are taken up by the Office of Missing Persons
 
4:14pm
4:14pm
Finance Minister invites diaspora and others to donate the “Palmyra Fund” to develop the war torn areas in the country.
 
4:13pm
Royalty payments for artists to be implemented enabling artist to receive royalties for their creations.
 
4:12pm
50 million  allocated for the growing of mangroves in an attempt to mitigate climate change effects.
 

4:10pm 3lakhs allocated for Solar power projects to establish solar power in temples.

4:09pm Appropriate replacements will be introduced before September 1, with the aim of discouraging single-use plastic products. 

4:08pm

20,000 million allocated for disaster management.

The installment will be increased to 1,500 million and The Natural Disaster Insurance will be strengthened.
 

4:06pm

4,5000 million allocated for Work on 15,000 brick and mortar houses in the Northern and Eastern Provinces will be commence work this year. And 5,500million is allocated for these initiatives.
 

4;05pm

State employees salaries have increased by 107% as of 2015. State employees will also have an increment of Rs. 2,500 from July.

Rs. 10 billion has been allocated to develop rural roads.

4:00pm

1,500 million allocated for Prepaid card and GPS centered bus system and a central digital platform for bus service will be established in the future. 250 buses will also be added to the SLTB. Buses that are accessible to differently abled persons will be introduced. 

3:58pm

1,000 million for the beautification of the city of Colombo which is being carried out by the CMC. Housing rent allowance for security forces personnel to be increased by 100%.

2.5million allocated  to maintain environmental sustainability,student and community societies will be established.

10,000 million allocated to remove the Samurdhi fund. We are giving each Samurdhi beneficiaries access to their accounts to withdraw Rs. 30,000 twice a year.

 

3:55pm

‘Sihin Maliga’ loan scheme for expatriates to commence from next month.

Rs 250 million to be allocated for National Export Strategy.

45,000 million will be allocated for drinking water projects across the country.

 

3:54pm

Commandos Allowance to be increased to Rs 5,000 per month (Sri Lanka Navy and Sri Lanka Air Force) , increase their housing allowance by 30%.

 

3:53pm

2,500 allowance to given to state sector employees from July 01 this year.

 

3:52pm

5,000 million allocated for the Light Rail Project from Colombo Fort to Malabe,will commence work this year.

 

3:50pm

 

25 billion for development of university infrastructure and 32 billion allocated for development of school infrastructure.

3:49pm

 3,000 million has been allocated for the Sukitha Purawera programme.

3:48pm

8,000 million allocated for the urban rejuvenation programme. Colombo is now becoming the garden city of Asia.

3:46pm

750 million allocated for development of Bogambara prisons , and it will be made a public place.
 

3:44pm

10,900 million allocated for the creation and maintenance of urban wetland projects.
 

3:42pm

As of January 1, 2020,Construction of new buildings should be accessible for differently-abled persons. Permission will only be given to plans that include accessibility for disabled individuals. 


3:40pm

600 million allocated to develop 'Suva Sariya'

1625 million allocated to developed emergency care for patients. 
 

3:38pm

Scholarships in Harvard, MIT, Oxford, Cambridge universities for Fourteen A/L students

3800 million for sports.

3:36pm

300 million each to develop the Bernard Aluwhiare grounds in Matale and another in Kollonnawa.

3:31pm

100 million is allocated for sterilisation programmes ,it  will be established.

3:30pm

To complete the canals and headworks of 7 major projects in 2019 (Deduru Oya Project, the Menik Ganga Reservoir Project and the Morana Reservoir Project) and for the 21,000 families engaging in Agriculture 2,410 million has been allocated.

 

3:27pm

Students who have excelled in studies will be given internships to top-notch universities by offering 14 students on internships this year.

3:26pm

In selected Army camps NVQ certification facilities will be implemented.

3:20pm

400 million has been allocated to train teachers in Tamil medium.

3:16pm

200 million will be allocated for Future loan scheme, to help students don’t have sufficient funds for higher education ( for those who don’t get enter to local universities)

3:14pm

Cost of construction will be reduced with the removal of the Nation Building Tax.

3:12pm

100 million allocated for training programmes, training  for teachers which will be conducted during the school holidays. 

3:10pm

32,000 million will be allocated to construct labs, library and infrastructure.

3:04pm

250 million will be allocated for the launch of the export market access scheme.

The registration process for hotels and establishment  (if 5 rooms only) will be simplified from April 1st 2020

3:01pm

Customs import duty and Cess on imported go-karts and go-kart tyres to be removed over five years

2:58pm

300 million allocated for ,Art stream graduates (1000) will be trained as interns, and the government will pay 25,000. 

2:56pm

Home Sweet Home loan scheme for newly married couples.

2:54pm

We have utilized resources to resettle Muslim refugees in the North. 

2:52pm

The Minister said that drug addicts who go into jail come out as drug peddlers. 50 million will be allocated to set up areas for  prisoners, in  Ambepussa and Weerawilla  and will make a village in Dompe to teach women prisoners arts and crafts. 50 million allocated for a pilot project to provide skills to imprisoned women in the country.

2;50pm

Steps to be taken in order to increase the number of women in the country’s work force. The Labour laws will be amended to achieve this, said the minister.

2:48pm

4,320 million will be allocated for monthly allowance for differently abled persons to be increased from 3,000 to 5,000.
 

2:46pm

To accommodate the differently abled and the private sector will be invited to maintain and manage them. 
 
Free glass of milk for primary school children across the country.
 
Public toilets and facilities in the country will be developed 
 

2;41pm

To construct two new harbours at Pesalai and Mandaitivu and have allocated 113,000 million. Fish imports to Europe increased by 14%
 

2:39pm

In 2020 Moragahakanda multipurpose project will be finalized
Rs. 12,000 million has been allocated for the construction of waterways in Wayamba, Maha Ela Minipe construction for the Yala Maha seasons 
 

2:37pm

Farmers in Hambantota and several other districts. Rs. 250 million has been allocated and  storage facilities will be in Kattipola, Jaffna and other districts.

2:33pm

Rs 800 million allocated for growing new rubber trees increasing rubber tapping.

2:31pm 

Religious centers will be increased to 10 lakhs from 5 lakhs.
 
Imports were 10% of the GDP while the exports were 14% of the GDP.
 
The Government allocates Rs. 500 million to create a fund to help entrepreneurs.
 

2:08pm 

Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera begins delivering the second reading of the Appropriation Bill.

2:06pm 

Speaker Karu arrived

Minister Mangala Samaraweera will present the Budget - 2019 at 2:00pm today in Parliament.

The Government’s fifth Budget that will be presented in Parliament by Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera today will be aimed at empowering the people and nurturing the poor apart from catering to the basic educational, health and livelihood requirements of the population.

Today’s Budget will widen the entrepreneurial and human resources empowerment programmes under the Enterprise Sri Lanka programme.


 

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