Appropriation Bill 2016:
Presidentís Office gets Rs 9.6 b less
The Appropriation Bill 2016 has slashed financial provisions for the
office of the incumbent president by a whopping Rs. 9.6 billion,
allocating a mere Rs. 2.3 billion as compared to the Rs 11.9 billion
allocated to the same office by the UPFA Government last year. The
estimated expenditure for the Presidentís office for 2016 is Rs 2.3
(Rs. 2,392,075,000) which is less than Rs. 9.6 billion allocated to
former President Mahinda Rajapaksaís office in the 2015 Budget.
According to the Appropriation Bill 2016 presented to Parliament by
the Leader of the House, Minister Lakshman Kiriella, on Friday (October
23) , the governmentís estimated expenditure for the next year is Rs.
1,941 billion ( Rs.1,941,450,438,000) with the lionís share of Rs. 306
billion (Rs. 306,657, 824, 000) being allocated for the Ministry of
Defence. The Appropriation Bill 2016 will be the first full budget of
the National Unity Government, as it had previously presented an interim
budget on January 29 under its 100 Day Program. The 2016 Budget will be
delivered by Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake on November 20.
The debate on the second reading of the budget will last for 12
allotted days from November 21 and the vote on the second reading will
be taken on December 5. The Committee Stage Debate will continue for 12
days from December 7 and the third reading vote will be taken on
December 19.Of the governmentís total expenditure for 2016, Rs. 1,314
billion will be recurrent expenditure and Rs. 626 billion will be
The estimated allocation for the Ministry of Education for 2016 is
Rs.185.9 billion (Rs.185,976,030,000), which is a fourfold increase
compared to the UPFA Governmentís allocation of Rs. 47.6 billion in the
2015 Budget. Large allocations have been made for the Ministries of
Local Government and Provincial Councils (Rs. 237 billion), University
Education and Highways (Rs. 171 billion) Public Administration and
Management (Rs. 156 billion), Finance and Planning (Rs.107 billion) and
Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine (Rs. 174 billion).