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UNP minister extols new budget, downplays defence spending

The current good-governance regime in Sri Lanka will allocate plenty of funds to rehabilitate the North-East, the UNP parliamentarian and State Minister for Women’s and Children’s Affairs, Vijayakala Maheswaran has claimed.

Ms Maheswaran criticised the previous regime for overspending on defence and security forces, stating that the current government would be more focused on addressing the needs of the Tamils and Muslims of the North-East, including war widows and the displaced.

However the government’s highest allocation in this year’s budget remains for the Ministry of Defence.