The Government will spend Rs. 85,000 million next year targeting livelihood development in rural areas, Minister of Environment Mahinda Amaraweera stated.
The Minister was speaking at a public meeting at Angunakolapelessa on Saturday.
A programme was held in Angunakolapelessa to hand over appointment letters to employees under the project of providing 100,000 jobs to low-income families who are unemployed.
Minister Amaraweera said “the President has launched a programme to provide 100,000 jobs to uplift the economic status of unemployed youth and low-income families. Our main objective as a Government is to improve the livelihoods of the people. To this end, this year’s Budget has allocated Rs. 85,000 million for regional development. All this money is spent on the livelihood development of the people”.
He also said the Government has also decided to restrict the import of non-essential goods.
“The main reason for this is the prudent management of foreign reserves in our country.
Also, large sums of money have been allocated to each Ministry for the coming year. Even that money should be spent only on income-generating projects. Some companies are looking to repair buildings, buy new desks, chairs, and vehicles. But none of that can be done at this time using people’s funds,” he added.
“Others have asked for new computers and other related equipment. But right now we have as much equipment as we need. Some departments do not have a proper job. Some officers search for gossip on the Internet or Facebook from morning till night. Therefore, we have to think about the effective use of the equipment available in such institutions,” he added. He said that the Minister of Finance Basil Rajapaksa has instructed the Ministers to identify all the funds provided by the Government in Budget 2022 and spend them on projects aimed at raising the income levels of the people. – ada derana