Despite objections from the UNP, the Second budget of the UPFA government will be presented in Parliament by Finance Minister Dr.Sarath Amunugama at 2.00 p.m. today.
The UNP objected to the budget being presented before the Presidential Election of November 17 saying that it could be used to boost the chances of the UPFA`s presidential candidate.
Parliament will be adjourned immediately after the presentation of the Budget and will reconvene on November 22.
Informed government sources said the budget will provide additional relief to the average income earners and the underprivileged while also giving the second slab of the Rs.2,500 increase to public servants drawing lower salaries. A number of proposals for relief to temporary/daily paid employees in government service are also expected in the budget proposals.
This is the first budget being presented by the Finance Minister after the JVP left the UPFA coalition over a disagreement on the P-TOMS tsunami relief and reconstruction proposals for the North and East to be implemented with the participation of the LTTE.
Informed sources also said the JVP and JHU will vote with the government when the vote is taken after the committee stage debate of the budget is concluded in December.