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Religious leaders point out to National Council Sub Committee

Country’s economic development should align with sense of morality

All religious leaders pointed out that when developing the country’s economy, it should be done in a way that does not harm the existing morality of the country. These views were expressed when all religious leaders   were briefed on the proposals of the National Council Sub-Committee to identify short-and medium-term programmes related to the economic stabilization which were presented to the Parliament recently.

The said discussion was held recently (26) in Parliament at the National Council Sub-Committee on identifying short-and medium-term programmes related to economic stabilization chaired by Member of Parliament Patali Champika Ranawaka.

The Chair of the Committee addressing the Committee stated that in order to formulate the necessary policies to stabilize the country’s economy, the first report containing the proposals related to the economic stabilization of the country was presented to the parliament after discussing with experts at the committee looking into the fields on public debt and fiscal policy, medicinal drugs crisis and health, food, nutrient and social safety net, energy, transport as well as the present economic crisis. MP Ranawaka explained extensively to those present the contents of the report presented.

The Chairman also said that he is ready to present a second report containing short-term solutions related to the economic stabilization of the country.

Ranawaka also mentioned that the National Council decided to take the said reports in Parliament for debate for the purpose of being passed.

The Chairman of the Committee pointed out that there is a disparity in the distribution of subsidies in the country. According to the World Bank surveys, 12% of the top 20% of the country’s income earners receive subsidies from the government, including Samurdhi, and stated that only 20% of the of the country’s 49% of lowest income earners receive the tax subsidy.

Stating that the Committee has focused on the restructuring of public institutions, the Chairman said that the report contains a series of proposals related to the formulation of policies on the 2200 public institutions that are currently in operation.

Furthermore, Ranawaka pointed out that a large amount of money will be allocated in the Budget for the Security Forces of the country and said that he hopes to look into the matter properly and present a guide.

All religious leaders expressed their views on the economic development of the country and expressed thanks to the chairman for informing about the proposals related to economic stabilization.

Dr. Omalpe Sobhitha Thera, Dr. Akuratiye Nanda Thera, Ven. Dr. Agalakada Sirisumana Thera, Ven. Waththewawe Dhammananda Thero, Ven. Budugala Jeenawansa Thera, Ven. Galkande Dhammananda Thera, Ven.Akuresse Javana Thera, Ven. Pasusaramulle dayawansha Thera, Ven. Gigummaduwe wimalabuddi Thera, Brahma Shri Gopidhas Sharma, M. S. M. Thasim Maulavi, Dr. Sivasri Venkata Subramaniyam Kurukkal, Ashshaik Arkham Nooramith Maulavi and Member of Parliament A. L. M. Athaullah were present at the meeting.



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