Former Finance Minister and economist Ronnie De Mel yesterday said that Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera has equalled his record of presenting eleven budgets in Parliament.
He said former President and Finance Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has missed the opportunity of matching that record.
De Mel also said Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera has presented a people’s budget for the fiscal year 2019. He said Samaraweera has unveiled a budget that provides an upfront economic stimulus for a progressive economic path while providing various economic concessions to the public.
“According to my conscious, Finance Minister Samaraweera’s budget reflects the people’s needs,” he added.