COLOMBO (NewsRadio); Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarian Selvam Adaikalanathan says his faction will vote against the budgetary allocations for defence is taken up in Parliament.
Speaking during the debate on the second reading of the 2023 Budget in Parliament this morning, MP Selvam Adaikalanathan said it its unacceptable that the defence allocation has continuously increased.
He said therefore they will vote against the defence allocation.
MP Adaikalanathan stressed that the President as the Minister of Finance should review the allocations made for defence through next year’s budget.
He said at a time when the country is facing a massive food shortage and financial crisis, focus should’ve been on addressing such matters.
MP Adaikalanathan added that allocations for Ministries of Agriculture and Fisheries have not been increased although the two ministries will be able to provide sustainable long-term solutions to the food security issue.