‘UNP has failed to put forward constructive criticism’
Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa presided when Parliament
met at 9.30 am yesterday. After presentation of papers and oral
questions, the House took up the first alloted day of debate of the
second reading of the Appropriation Bill 2012.
Unacceptable conduct during President’s budget
Speaker to probe House mayhem
Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa yesterday stated that
an investigation will be held in connection with the unacceptable
behaviour exhibited by some Members in the House during the budget
speech by President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Monday. He made this
observation in response to a point of order raised by UNP MP
Jayalath Jayawardena before commencement of the Orders of the day.
Academics hail budget
Members of the academia and senior government
officials yesterday said that the 2012 budget proposals have focused
on the recovery process and the uplift of people’s living standards.
They said this budget could best be described as a futuristic budget
with a deep orientation for the country’s development.