Figures revealed regarding the annual expenses of the Presidential Secretariat during the Rajapaksa regime reveals that it had reached an all-time high last year.
Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake during the 2015 interim budget reading last afternoon revealed that the annual expenses of the Presidential Secretariat which was at Rs. 6,340 million in 2009 had been escalated to an all-time high of Rs. 104,970 million in 2014.
According to the figures released by Minister Karunanayake, the expenses are as follows:
2009 – Rs. 6,340 million
2010 – Rs. 7,650 million
2011 – Rs. 50,630 million
2012 – Rs. 59,360 million
2013 – Rs. 82,440 million
2014 – Rs. 104,970 million
He also said the estimated cost for the Presidential Secretariat had been calculated to be Rs. 95,930 million but added it has been cut down to Rs. 2560 million under the instructions of President Sirisena.
It is no surprise that the expenses would rise to such exorbitant amounts, as it has been revealed that the fleet of vehicles owned by the Secretariat had been 749. About 80 of them have been discovered by the Police in several locations and investigations have commenced into 65 of them.