Mangala’s proposals seen through wary eyes By Sandun Jayawardana and Kasun Warakapitiya View(s): View(s):Budget 2019 was touted as people-friendly, with various relief packages and loans proposed, but the reaction from trade unionists and people have been far less enthusiastic. Housewife, K. Mayadunne, from Sapugaskanda, said that although Mr Samaraweera proposed loans, he did not mention any concessions for household items. For universities, Rs 25 billion was allocated for building theatres, professorial units, departmental complexes, libraries and canteens. A further Rs 20 billion was set aside for public sector salary increases, with a Rs 2,500 interim allowance a month for public sector workers from July 1. Rs 12 billion was allocated to rectify anomalies in the pensions of public sector employees.
Source: Sunday Times March 09, 2019 19:05 UTC