The government yesterday sought parliamentary approval for a supplementary estimate to cover Rs. 330 million for the purchase of vehicles for three cabinet ministers, three state ministers, a Provincial Governor and a Secretary to the Prime Minister.
Among them, Rs. 43 million is for the purchase of a vehicle for Foreign Employment Minister Thalatha Athukorala, another Rs. 42 million for Provincial Councils and Local Government Minister Faiszer Musthapha and Rs. 43 million for National Co-Existence, Dialogue and official Language Minister Mano Ganesan.
A further Rs. 43.7 million has been allocated for the purchase of a vehicle for city planning and water supply State Minister Sudarshani Fernandopulle, Rs. 43 million for Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development State Minister Dilip Wedaarachchi and the balance payment of Rs. 29 million for the purchase of a vehicle for Skills development and vocational training State Minister Palitha Range Bandara.
Meanwhile, Rs. 43 million has been allocated for the purchase of a vehicle for Eastern Provincial Council Governor Austin Fernando and another Rs. 43 million to purchase a vehicle for the use of Secretary (Parliamentary Affairs) to the Prime Minister’s office.
The estimate also sought approval to cover foreign travel expenses of Foreign Affairs Ministry and Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure Ministry amounting Rs. 23.6 million and Rs. 0.9 million respectively.
A supplementary allocation of Rs. 10 million was also sought for the Expenditure on repairs and maintenance of official residence of Provincial Councils and Local Government Minister Faiszer Musthapha. (Ajith Siriwardana)