Minister of Regional Development, Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka has requested Parliamentary approval for a Supplementary Estimate for an additional sum of Rs 590 million to carry out affairs of his ministry during the remaining few months of this financial year. This was revealed when Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayaka presented to Parliament a supplementary estimate requesting Rs. 470 million as re-current expenditure and another Rs.120 million as capital expenditure for the ministry.
The relevant cabinet paper had been presented on 28th June and the cabinet has approved it on 12th July.
The major portion of this money, which is about 80%, has been allocated to pay salaries of personnel and only 20% is left for development projects or other investments.
The government, while levying various kinds of taxes including VAT to burden the masses, creates heaps of such wasteful undertakings. The Ministry of Regional Development was newly created exclusively for Field Marshal Fonseka and recently the Treasury released, on cabinet approval, nearly Rs.250 million for a building for the Ministry. Also a supplementary estimate for Rs.700 million was presented to buy an official car for Minister Fonseka.