Budget 2015 meets the needs of all sectors
Mass Media and Information Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said that
Budget 2015 presented by President Mahinda Rajapaksa has covered all
areas that need attention.
Therefore, any sensible person who knows his arithmetic will
understand what Budget 2015 is all about.
The Budget can be divided into three areas. One is the improvement in
production. If one were to look at the Budget, it is clear that
consumers and producers have been given equal opportunities.
There cannot be a better Budget with so many concessions, the
Minister told the Sunday Observer yesterday.
“This is a focussed Budget where those in the agriculture and
plantation sectors would move forward and give off their best”.
“We have the potential to be self-sufficient in milk production by
Minister Rambukwella categorically rejected the Opposition’s claim
that this was an election-oriented Budget. The Government brought down
the fuel prices without targeting any election.
There are 240,000 teachers in the country who had certain salary
anomalies. But all such anomalies will be rectified by the Budget. The
special allowance for public servants will be absorbed into the salary
structure and their minimum salary will be raised to Rs.15,000 per
month. The Rs. 2,200 cost-of-living allowance given to public servants
per month has also been increased to Rs.10,000.
Allowances and other salary related benefits will help public
servants by way of a pay increase of Rs.3,500 - Rs.15,000 per month from
January 2015 with a minimum monthly income of Rs.30,000 for the lowest
rank of public servants. The salary anomalies of pensioners will also be
rectified, the Minister said.