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Basil's group warns of opposition to interim budget over state minister privileges

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The Sunday Times reported that the Basil Rajapaksa faction of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna has decided to vote against the interim budget, if privileges are curtailed for the state ministers slated for appointment in the near future. President Ranil Wickremesinghe will be presenting the interim budget on 30 August. The parliamentary majority still lies with the SLPP. 

The perks and privileges would include one private secretary, one media secretary and three coordinating secretaries. All five are entitled to separate vehicles. State Ministers are also entitled to five office staff members, three vehicles and other perks enjoyed by ministers. Their salaries are also the same as ministers.

The President is formulating the list of State Ministers at present and the total number is yet to be finalised.

In the absence of an All Party Government, plans are being made to go ahead with the existing cabinet of ministers and the inclusion of a few others from other parties. This is expected to lead to an estrangement between the government and the parties concerned.

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