Colombo Telegraph

JVP Wants President To Step Down

JVP Parliamentarian Biman Ratnayake said that President Maithripala Sirisena should resign on account of failure to effectively spend funds allocated from the last budget.

Speaking during the Committee Stage Debate on Budget 2018, Ratnayake pointed out the Ministry of National Integration & Reconciliation, which comes under the purview of Sirisena had been allocated Rs 3,532 million but only 9% was spent (Rs 325 million) as of September 30.

He also pointed out that the Ministry of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs, which was granted Rs 19,782 million had returned Rs 10,167 million, as such barely half the allocation had been used. He therefore demanded the resignation of the relevant ministers. D.M. Swaminathan is the Minister of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs while M.L.A.M. Hizbulla is the state minister.

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