Supplementary estimates galore to meet recurrent expenditure, buy vehicles

The Treasury had allocated Rs. 350 million as a supplementary estimate to the Ministry of Productivity Promotion to meet the recurrent expenses for the Pelwatta and Sevenagala sugar industries which were taken over by the Government under the controversial Underperforming Enterprises and Underutilized Assets Act last November.

The amount has been allocated from the Budgetary Support Services and Contingency Liabilities project of the Department of National Budget, according to details tabled in Parliament this week, of supplementary estimates allocated in January and February, 2012.

In January, Rs. 150 million had been allocated to meet recurrent expenditure while in February Rs. 200 million had been allocated for this purpose. Additionally supplementary estimates, amounting to millions of rupees, have been given to various ministries, mainly to purchase vehicles for Government institutions during the first two months of this year.

The highest allocation of Rs. 200 million has been made to the Ministry of Justice to purchase 23 motor vehicles for Judges of the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal while another Rs. 23 million has been allocated to purchase vehicles for the use of the Secretariat for Special Functions (Senior Ministers).
Another Rs.11. 8 million had been allocated to purchase vehicles for Sri Lanka missions in New York, the Netherlands and Singapore.

Other ministries that were allocated supplementary estimates to purchase vehicles include Parliament (Rs. 8 million), Private Passenger Service Ministry (Rs 6.4 million), Ports and Highways Ministry (Rs. 8 million), Ministry of Child Development and Women’s Affairs (Rs. 16 million for two vehicles), Ministry of Environment (Rs. 8 million), Ministry of Cooperative and Internal Trade (Rs. 3 million for a car and two jeeps), Ministry of Industry and Commerce (Rs. 11 million for five cabs) Ministry of National Heritage (Rs.2.5 million) Water Supply and Drainage Ministry (Rs.5.2 million), Ministry of Traditional and Rural Industries (Rs. 9.6 million), Office of the Chief Government Whip (Rs. 5.7 million) Ministry of Petroleum Industries (Rs.3 million) and Ministry of Cultural Affairs (Rs.7 million).

A supplementary amount of Rs. 2.2 billion had been allocated in February to the Ministry of Civil Aviation to meet the shortfall of provisions on capitalization of SriLankan Airlines and Mihin Lanka airline.

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