UPFA MPs instructed not to leave country during budget debate
[TamilNet, Friday, 31 October 2008, 11:27 GMT]
Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapaksa, in his capacity of Minister of Finance, is to present his fourth budget for the year 2009 in parliament on Thursday November 6th. Meanwhile, the ruling United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) has notified all government parliamentarians not to leave the country till the Budge-2009 is passed in parliament, parliamentary sources said. Mr. Rajapaksa assumed executive presidency in December 2005.
The budget debate is to begin on November and to conclude on November 15.
The committee stage debate commences on November 17 and would continue for sixteen days.
The number of days allocated for debate has been reduced due to security reason, parliamentary sources said.