President Maithripala Sirisena will discuss at length on the Sri Lanka Freedom Party’s (SLFP) contribution to the ‘Budget 2019’ at the next Central Committee (CC) meeting, Finance and Mass Media Deputy Minister Lasantha Alagiyawanna said.

He told the Daily News that a decision as to whether the SLFP would present a separate set of Amendments to the Budget to be incorporated at the third reading or whether to present its budgetary proposals together with those of the UNP would be taken during the meeting.

He said the SLFP might appoint a committee to study the budgetary proposals at the next Central Committee meeting. Observing that the Central Committee would meet “very soon” to discuss on the Budget, the deputy minister however said an exact date is yet to be fixed.

The fifth budget of the incumbent Government is to be presented by Finance and Mass Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera on November 5. In the previous years, the SLFP made its own contributions to the Budget by way of Amendments. 

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