Second reading of Budget 2018 to be taken up tomorrow


The vote on the second reading of the Budget proposal for fiscal year 2018 is scheduled to be taken up at 5 pm tomorrow in Parliament.

Mass Media and Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera presented the Budget proposals for the financial year 2018 last Thursday.

The proposals were debated for six days since then on daily basis except on Sunday from 9.30 am to 7.30 pm.

The second reading stage of the Budget will come to an end tomorrow.

The Committee Stage debate on the Budget proposals would commence from November 17.

It is scheduled to continue until December 9.

The final vote on the Budget is scheduled to be held at 5 pm on December 9. 

The JVP and the Joint Opposition have already expressed their vote against the proposal at the second reading debate vote while the TNA has said that it had not yet decided its stance.

However all party members were instructed to be present at the time of the vote by respective political parties. 

When the third reading commences from November 17,  the expenditure heads coming under the President, the Prime Minister, Supreme Court Judges, office of the Cabinet of Ministers, Public Service Commission, Judicial Service Commission, National Police Commission, Administrative Appeals Tribunal, Commission to Investigate Allegation of Bribery or Corruption, Office of the Finance Commission, National Education Commission, Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka, Parliament, Office of the Leader of the Opposition, Offices of the Chief Government and Opposition Whips, Leader of the House of Parliament, Elections Commission, Auditor General’s Department, Office of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration, Audit Service Commission, National Procurement Commission, Delimitation Commission, Right to Information Commission and Department of Management Audit are scheduled to be taken up for debate.

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