Budget 2018 2nd reading passed with 2/3rd majority

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By 2017-11-17

The vote on the Second Reading of the Budget 2018 passed with a majority of 93 votes. It received 151 votes in favour and 58 against.

The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) voted against the Budget with the Joint Opposition (JO) group, while the Tamil National Alliance... (TNA) voted with the Government.

Accordingly the Budget passed its second reading stage with a two-third majority.

Minister of Mass Media and Finance, Mangala Samaraweera, presented the Budget proposals for the financial year 2018 on 9 November. The proposals were debated for six days since then on a daily basis from 9.30 a.m. to 7.30 p.m. except on Sunday. The Third Reading stage of the Budget is scheduled to start today (17) and the Budget proposals would go through the committee stages till 9 December. The final vote on the Budget is scheduled for 5 p.m. on 9 December. The expenditure heads coming under the President, the Prime Minister, the Judges of the Supreme Court, the office of the Cabinet of Ministers, the Public Service Commission (PSC), the Judicial Service Commission (JSC), the National Police Commission (NPC), the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC), the Office of the Finance Commission, the National Education Commission (NEC), the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL), the Parliament, the Office of the Leader of the Opposition, the Offices of the Chief Government and Opposition Whips, the Leader of the House of Parliament, the Election Commission, the Auditor General's Department, the office of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration, the Audit Service Commission (ASC), the National Procurement Commission (NPC), the Delimitation Commission, the Right to Information Commission and the Department of Management Audit are scheduled to be taken up for debate today.

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