The Government on Friday sought the approval of the Parliament for the allocation of Rs.90 million to meet the expenses of President Maithripala Sirisena’s New York visit last September where his son Daham Sirisena too was a member of the delegation.
Sirsena visited US to attend the UN General Assembly sessions last September.
A supplementary estimate to meet the above and for several other expenses was submitted in parliament by Government Chief Whip Gayantha Karunatilleke.
Earlier through seven supplementary estimates in May and June, President Maithripala Sirisena’s office sought Rs.380 million as expenditure for several projects. This was in addition to the annual allocation of monies for spending of the President.
These supplementary estimates were sought for the below mentioned projects.
An allocation of 10.1 million rupees to complete renovations of the senior minister’s office. Rs.70.6 million to buy a BMW motor car and 12 BMW R1200 motor cycles for the Presidential Security Division.
In addition, to rehabilitate and improve the residence of the President by joining two old houses in Colombo an expenditure of Rs.180 million was sought, through 02 supplementary estimates.
Also, Rs.2.7 million had been allocated to pay salaries of workers involved in the coordination and supervision of a science project and Rs.20.7 million for the setting up of a bureau to propagate national unity.
Another Rs.96 million supplementary estimate was submitted for two BMW motor vehicles, two vehicles for transporting President’s security vehicles and to cover additional expenses of President’s overseas visits.