Counterproductive to vote against Budget 2019 Third Reading - Bandara | Daily News

Counterproductive to vote against Budget 2019 Third Reading - Bandara

Explaining the reasons for abstaining from voting at the Budget 2019 Third Reading in Parliament last week, SLFP Youth Front Leader MP Shantha Bandara said as the highest budgetary allocation was for the President’s expenditure heads, it was counterproductive to vote against it.

“The highest allocation in the budget was for the President’s office and there are eight national issues currently handled by the President,such as the kidney disease prevention drive, environment protection, national drive to produce food without chemicals, Smart Sri Lanka etc.”

Meanwhile, Gampaha district organiser Kelum Basnayake said this year, measures are underway to hold the SLFP May Day Rally in Gampaha.

He said so far the SLFP May Day Rallies have been held in Colombo, Galle etc. in a very successful manner and they expect this year’s May Day Rally in Gampaha to be the most successful rally ever held.

The SLFP Youth Front held a media briefing at the SLFP Headquarters in Maradana yesterday headed by its leader MP Shantha Bandara, Gampaha District Organiser Kelum Basanayake, Kalutara District Youth Front Secretary Asanka Ediriweera and several others.

Addressing the media briefing, MP Shantha Bandara highlighted the Police force salary issues. “There is a huge salary disparity with regard to Police wages. In fact, a CEB gate keeper earns a higher salary that a Police station OIC. Hence, these Police officers are very unhappy as despite their strenuous jobs and the difficult working conditions, their efforts are in vain and they do not even receive a proper wage for the work they do. However, we do appreciate President Maithripala Sirisena’s initiative in increasing the wages of the Police officers by 40%. Further, the biggest issue facing Police personnel currently is that they have not yet received their collective allowance. A circular detailing their collective allowance based on the revised salary scales has already been issued. Hence, as President Sirisena is a very compassionate and understanding leader, we as the SLFP Youth Front urge the President to look into these grievances of these Police officers and provide them their due allowances.”

The SLFP Youth Front members also spoke about the programme to provide guidance to youths to assist them in business, trade skills etc which commenced from Polonnaruwa and extended to Puttalam and then to Colombo. They noted that this programme will reach Batticaloa today where the career guidance programme will be held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena.


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