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JVP takes government to task for neglecting women, children

2013 Dec 10

By Dasun Edirisinghe

JVPˆDehiwela - Mt. Lavinia Municipal Council member Samanmalee Gunasinghe addressing the media yesterday.

A JVP-led women’s organisation yesterday accused the government of neglecting children and women in the 2014 budget, as funds for their welfare had been curtailed.

Vice President of Women for Rights Samanmalee Gunasinghe said that it was ludicrous to increase the recurrent expenditure for the Child Development and Women’s Affairs Ministry while cutting down the capital expenditure.

Gunasinghe said that recurrent expenditure of the ministry was Rs. 863 million for the current year and it had been increased to Rs. 977 million in the 2014 Budget.

"Recurrent expenditure is used to maintain the minister and staff and now they can enjoy more of their foreign trips and other allowances," Gunasinghe said.

The JVP member of the Dehiwela-Mt. Lavinia Municipal Council said that the government had cut down on the capital expenditure by Rs. 19 million. In the 2013 budget Rs. 291 million had been allocated for the ministry as capital expenditure, but it had been reduced to Rs. 272 million in the new budget.

Gunasinghe said that the allocation for the children’s homes and child rehabilitation centres was Rs. 10 million this year and it had been cut down to Rs. 5 million in last budget, while allocations for early childhood development centres had been reduced from Rs. 30 million to Rs. 22 million.

"Neither women nor children have been given enough allocations from the 2014 budget, but President Mahinda Rajapaksa proudly calls himself the father of the nation,"she said, claiming that finally the government had given tax concessions to casino giants like James Packer while the ‘kitchen’ had been burdened with more taxes

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