The government said today (18) that while it had presented 27 supplementary estimates last year to parliament, a majority of the funds approved had been allocated to the Defence Ministry.
The government had last year presented 27 supplementary estimates amounting to over Rs. 93 billion.
Deputy Finance Minister Chandrasiri Gajadheera told parliament in response to a question posed by Democratic National Alliance (DNA) parliamentarian Sunil Handunnetti that bulk of the funds approved in the supplementary estimates, amounting to over Rs.33 billion, had been allocated to the Defence Ministry.
According to Gajadheera’s response, other major allocations though the supplementary estimates had been made to the Finance and Planning Ministry (around Rs. 20 billion), Highways and Road Development Ministry (Rs. 10.6 billion), Nation Building and Estate Infrastructure Development Ministry (around Rs 9 billion) and Transport Ministry (around Rs 7 billion).