Voting on 2nd reading of the budget today


The voting on the second reading of the budget is due to take place at 5 pm today.

While Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake delivered the budget speech in parliament on the 20th of novemaber, the second reading of the budget was carried out over nine days beginning on the 21st of November.

While the committee stage debate on the third reading of the budget begins tomorrow, it will carry on till 19th this month.

The final voting is due to take place at 5 p.m. on the same day.

President Maitripala Sirisena, after his official tour of Malta and France, is scheduled to arrive at the parliament complex today to ensure that the national government’s maiden budget is passed  by majority vote.

The President arrived in the country yesterday afternoon after concluding his foreign tour.

The President is also scheduled to meet the SLFP MPs representing the joint opposition this afternoon in parliament to have the budget passed by majority vote.