Chief Government Whip Urban Development and Sacred Area Development Minister Dinesh Gunawardene told Parliament yesterday the Government has allocated over Rs. 142,144 million for defence affairs for 2009.
A document tabled by the Minister in response to an oral question raised by JVP MP Premasiri Manage said there is no separate classification as war expenditure of Government and it was a humanitarian operation which was concluded recently.
Asked to inform the House the main sources from which that money is expected to be obtained, the Minister said funds will be obtained from domestic funds.
The amount of expected revenue through the Nation Building Tax for defence affairs this year is Rs. 32,000 million.
The Defence, Public Security, Law and Order Ministry is dealing with the public security, peace and order of the country as well. Accordingly expenditure pertaining to three armed forces is categorised as expenditure for defence while the expenditure of Police and Civil Security Force is categorised as expenditure on security, peace and order of the whole country, the Minister said.