04:17 PM We propose to allocate CPC and LIOC use the opportunities available in the Trincomalee.
04:15 PM Rs. 600 million to develop the Trincomalee water scheme.
04:15 PM We hope to introduce pre paid card for the railway sector.
04:14 PM Electric cars and school vans are to be regulated.
04:14 PM We have allocated Rs. 150 million as loans to purchase 32 seats vans for school vans.
04:12 PM Propose to introduce electrics cars. We hope to allocate Rs. 200 million.
04:11 PM Railways and SLTB will be self financed by 2018. They will use assets that have been left idle.
04:10 PM We have been able to reduce the cost on expressways by almost 22 percent.
04:09 PM Rs. 1,000 million for the MICE industry.
04:08 PM Government will provide a common platform for online tourism.
04:07 PM Hotels of more than 10 years will be assisted for refurbishment, Rs. 500 million allocated.
04:07 PM Feasibility studies on extending the Southern Expressway to Badulla.
04:06 PM Customs levies on all materials needed for prototypes will be removed.
04:06 PM Rs. 150 million to develop pharmaceutical labs.
04:05 PM Rs. 250 million to the Sri Lanka Institute of Nano Technolofgy.
04:05 PM Allocated Rs. 1,306 million for science and technology sector.
04:04 PM liberalize NCC cargo
04:00 PM Free port anchorage of 12 hours.
03:59 PM Mobitel will be made to go public listing.
03:58 PM SriLankan and Mihin air which has been allocating colossal losses are now being commercialised.
03:56 PM Rs. 50 million for the Department of Commerce.
03:55 PM We will establish 15 export villages.
03:55 PM Encourage the private sector to invest in the expressway corridors, we propose to allocate Rs. 1,000 million for this.
03:54 PM We will commence operations of Exim Bank. Rs. 10,000 million allocated as the initial contribution for it.
03:51 PM Propose to allocate Rs. 500 million to the IRD to UDA. We would allocate Rs. 7,500 million from the Finance Ministry to the Megapolis Ministry with immediate effect.
03:47 PM Special incentive for investments of more than Rs. 100- 500 million.
03:47 PM We propose to grant a Rs. 200 million capital allowances North and Rs. 100 million Uva and Eastern Provinces for businesses over USD 30 million.
03:40 PM We propose to allocate Rs. 750 million for loan scheme for SMEs.
03:37 PM Streamline EPF and the Central Pension Fund.
03:34 PM Those who are affected by a loan of Rs. 500,000 and come under the radar of the Credit Information Bureau (CRIB) will be allowed to begin businesses.
03:32 PM We propose to allocate Rs. 150 million to register businesses.
03:31 PM We hope to reduce the five processes from eight to allow business friendly environment in the country
03:31 PM All pharmacies should be registered with the government and those who do not adhere to this will be fined
03:30 PM Proposal to allocate Rs.1,000 million to establish specialised pediatric centers in Karapitiya, Jaffna and Ampara Base hospitals.
03:29 PM Formulate a mechanism to visit schools to diagnose Non- Communicable Diseases. We propose to allocate Rs. 50 million and any more funds that are needed
03:28 PM Rs. 200 million to upgrade the nursing training center
03:27 PM Rs. 25,000 million to allocate for the Health sector.
03:27 PM We propose to allocate Rs. 750 million for CKD patients
03:25 PM Rs. 250 million allocated for the e- learning center at the Kelaniya University.
03:24 PM Rs. 300 million allocated as a payment to private sector to train students
03:24 PM Proposal to introduce scholarships to students who wish to attend vocational centers. We propose to allocate Rs. 300 million.
03:22 PM We propose to allocate Rs. 10 million to fight against ragging, etc. We also propose to hand each student a sheet stating the funds spent on their education by the state.
03:22 PM We proposed to provide multiple entry visas to international students
03:21 PM We propose to allow students a loan of Rs. 800,000 for students who can not afford university education but are able to attend other UGC recognised institutions
03:19 PM We propose to establish private higher education institutions and establish an institute to maintain the standard of these institutions.
03:17 PM 175, 000 Advanced Level students and 28, 000 A/L teachers to receive tablet computers.
03:17 PM Rs. 100 million allocated for sports in universities.
03:16 PM We propose to establish a scholarship for top students in universities such as Havard and MIT.
03:15 PM Rs. 500 million allocated to construct a 10 story building at the Karapitiya Hospital.
03:14 PM We hope to admit 50,000 to local universities by 2020.
03:11 PM Rs. 2,700 million for health insurance.
03:11 PM Proposal to increase payment to differently abled children from Rs. 50 to Rs. 150 million, therefore we propose to allocate Rs. 175 million.
03:10 PM We propose to introduce regulation for private education institutes.
03:09 PM Subahakar scholarship scheme for gifted students (Rs30 million allocated to pay students a Rs. 2,500 per month)
03:09 PM Rs. 250 million to develop plantation schools in Kegalle and Badulla.
03:06 PM We also propose to allocate Rs. 5,000 million for sanitary facilities
03:06 PM Rs.21,000 million allocated to develop secondary and primary schools and additional Rs. 5,000 million to develop infrastructure.
03:02 PM Proposal to allocate Rs. 90,000 million for the education sector, which is an additional Rs. 17,840 million.
03:02 PM Rs. 200 million to develop the irrigation sector in Polonnaruwa, Hambantota.
03:01 PM Kumbukkan Oya and Tharapuram Wewa renovations Rs. 600 million.
03:00 PM We propose to develop 50 agro metrological stations.
02:58 PM Moragahkanda and Uma Oya projects we hope to complete soon, we propose to allocate Rs. 60,045 million.
02:56 PM Retailers should keep prices of a whole chicken at less than Rs. 420. Rs. 100 million to develop the local poultry sector.
02:56 PM Rs. 350 million allocated for investors to develop 20,000 acres of land.
02:52 PM Rs. 300 million allocated to establish 100 fresh water villages.
02:51 PM Rs. 1,200 for the development of fishing communities.
02:51 PM Proposal to construct a storage facility at the Dikowita fihseries harbour.
02:50 PM Proposal Rs. 500 million to establish fish farms in Hambantota and Mannar.
02:48 PM Proposal to import 15,000 cows at a cost of Rs. 400 million and give atleast 10 cows to a farmer subjected to them employeeing atleast 2 Samurdhi beneficiaries
02:46 PM Proposal to charge Rs 5,000 on one metric ton of sugar cane.
02:44 PM Rs.74 million to Coconut Research Institute (CRI) and Cococnut Develpment Board.
02:44 PM Rs. 50 million to the rubber institute
02:42 PM Removal of several fee for exporting tea.
02:41 PM Plantaion companies can only have 5,000 acres and we will ensure that there is no loss of employment.
02:40 PM Proposal to reduce taxes on machinery brought in to the country for farming. We hope to provide farmers with large scale farmers with land.
02:38 PM The government will introduce a value added production system for selected fruits with a new loan schem introduced for the purpose.
02:36 PM The income of those in the Agricultural sector is half of the income of the others in the country. We hope to support the farmers in the country. We promote the outgrow model among farmers. We hope to release land that is not being used for agriculturl purposes. We also hope to introduce the mixed cultivation system in the sector.
02:32 PM We will deliver the promises that we made on January 2015.
02:30 PM The governemnt has a heavy burden for pensions, therefore we are looking at alternative pension schemes.
02:29 PM We would like to say that we consulted the rural sector for the budget and used several proposals that were put forward.
02:29 PM Broaden the technical and vocational sectors.
02:27 PM We will move forward with the Paris climate change convention.
02:25 PM We hope to introduce Key Performance Indictors in the public sector.
02:25 PM We hope to make a more people friendly public service.
02:24 PM Land, helath and education sectors will be a main focus.
02:22 PM We will focus on improving and developing the investment environment and facilities in the country.
02:22 PM Sri Lanka considering joining with the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and other trade agreements.
02:21 PM We will take measuers to control inflation.
02:21 PM Labuour laws need to be amended.
02:19 PM The government will focus on protecting the fisheries sector and aquatic resources.
02:17 PM President arrives in parliament.
02:16 PM The government will make a better environment for the economy as the Export is 1.5 percent of the GDP which is not conducive.
02:16 PM The government will restablish several areas in the economy to change the negative impact of the economy inherited by the previous government.
02:13 PM The government will focus on developing the economy next year.
02:13 PM The President has named 2017 as the year to eradicate poverty.
02:11 PM We will be part of the one belt one road initiative of China and become a part of the international trade
02:10 PM The government will take measuers to create friendly business in the country.
02:04 PM Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake begins budget speech
02:03 PM Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake enters parliament
02:01 PM Speaker enters the parliament chamber
01:57 PM Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake to present budget 2017 in parliament shortly.