JVP MP Sunil Handunnetti has observed that the disparity between the haves and have-nots has widened in the island and the budget has increased disparities.
He was delivering the opening address on the Appropriation Bill 2018 Second Reading Adjourned Debate which commenced on Friday. During his address he said: “The main aim of a budget is to explain the vision of a government and to show the plan for the coming year. In 2016 the vision was different and in 2017 it was themed accelerating growth with social inclusion. Now you are moving a different theme this year – Blue - Green Budget; the Launch of Enterprise Sri Lanka.
We would like to know the success of your pervious budgets. How much of it was achieved? Many of the promises you made last year are pending. We have a list of such promises including the tabs promised to school children. What you have promised in the previous budget is now promised to different parts of the country.
You have only managed to increase disparities in poverty, education, social status, and many more areas. You are looking at different types of taxes having failed to collect money from the direct and indirect taxes already levied on people. The 20-cent tax is the latest stance. You came up with the nation building tax in a small way and it became a big issue. There are many things happening outside the budget.
Even though this is your maiden budget you are trying to make this the funeral of our economy by neglecting the local investors and manufacturers.”