In an effort to ensure that the ideologies of the main two parties in the coalition government are met, a special ministerial committee representing the United National Party and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party has reviewed the budget proposals for 2017, drafted by Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake.
The committee which comprised of SLFP and UNP Ministers were appointed by President Maithripala Sirisena, in consultation with Karunanayake and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.
The committee met early this week to discuss the budget proposal, and to ensure that the perspective of the two parties; SLFP and UNP were covered in the 2017 budget proposal, which will be presented by
Karunanayake in November.
Several ministers made up the SLFP-UNP committee, with the UNP team comprising of Ministers Malik Samarawickrama, Mangala Samraweera, Harin Fernando and Akila Viraj Kariyawasam, while the SLFP team comprised of Ministers Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, Mahinda Amaraweera, Sarath Amunugama, Susil Premajayantha and Lasantha Alagiyawanna.