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Time has come to think of future of the country rather than short term gains - Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake

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donation-cementFinance Minister Ravi Karunanayake says that the time is ripe for the people to think of the future rather than short term benefits as a budget to strengthen the future of the country has been introduced. The Minister points out that the repercussions of wrong and ad hoc decisions taken in the past have become a today on the entire nation.


Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake stated this at a ceremony held yesterday (06) morning at Pradeepa Hall, Mutwal to donate cash and cement to low income families in the area for the construction of houses.


Speaking further, the Minister said,
“From this budget we have proposed to construct 1000 houses in each village. This is being done through a collective effort of the people and the government. A provision of Rs 41.0 billion has been allocated from the budget for this purpose. We hope to construct 15,000 houses for the people of Colombo North.”
The Minister also commented on the funds allocated from the budget for education.

“We have allocated the highest provision from this budget for the Ministry of Education. It amounts to Rs. 1620 million. We defeated terrorism through the power of weapons. But the way to eliminate terrorism completely is education. That is why His Excellency the President Maithreepala Sirisena and Hon. Prime Minister took a joint decision to allocated the highest ever amount allocation in the history for education. The former Education Minister who said that people can survive with Rs. 2500 a month is dumbfounded today.”
At this ceremony, a soft loan of Rs 100,000 each was distributed among 181 low income families under the “Diiviyata Saviyak” programme implemented on a concept of the Finance Minister and another 235 beneficiaries received cement for the construction of their houses.
Chairman of the National Housing Development Authority Mr. Sagara Palansuriya, Colombo Municipal Councilors Roy Yardley Fernando, Roy Bogahawatta, Mahendra Silva and a large number of residents of the area were present on the occasion.

 

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