A budget of a government is an indicator of what the government conceives about the people and what its plans are. However, the budget presented in Parliament yesterday (10th) by the Minister of Finance is a door open for selling and one in which the future is vague states a press release issued by the National Bhikku Front.
The press release states, “The budget presented in Parliament yesterday (10th) by the Minister of Finance is a door open for selling and one in which the future is vague. A budget of a government is an indicator of what the government conceives about the people and what its plans are.
A country needs a government not to play the role of a property auctioneer but a government that understands Ven Mahinda Thera’s advice, “O king you are only the caretaker, not the owner” and carry out an administration that intends building the living conditions of the people in every aspect. In that perspective the direction the present government points out is that it engages in a move to gradually leave the process of manipulating the economy and hand it over to a class of local and foreign traders.
In the present budget the direction to sell education is clearly obvious. Even before the budget was presented the National Bhikku Front and various groups in the country criticized the current alliance government that it was entertaining the idea of selling not only education and health but also valuable assets such as harbours, hotels, petroleum sections and lands. The budget indicates nothing but what we have said.
Also, we would ask the Minister of Finance whether the trifle reduction in prices of green gram, sprats etc. that is used to brag that the budget is people friendly would continue throughout the year. As we have experienced the reduced prices of the goods would be increased in two fold in a few days time. People in the country should be happy after a budget. However, the only lot that would be happy after this budget would be the government party. As such, National Bhikku Front sees this budget as one that satisfies a meager existence temporarily and one in which the future is vague.”