Dec 06, Colombo: A women's organization in Sri Lanka has objected to the slashing of funds allocated in the 2014 Budget for the welfare of women and children in the country and addressing their problems.
Women for Rights states that the government has made this budget cut at a time when child abuse and harassment of women are on the rise in the country.
Co-convener of the organization, Samanmali Gunasekera said the government has slashed Rs. 19 million from the monies allocated for development work in addressing children's and women's issues while allocation for the Minister's expenses has been increased by Rs. 114 million.
Gunasekera explained that monies allocated for the renovation of children's homes and child development work have been slashed by millions of rupees.
She noted that only 50 percent of the monies allocated to the Child Development and Women's Affairs Ministry last year had been used for the welfare of children and women while a major portion of the monies had been used for various wasteful expenses of the Ministry.
According to Gunasekera, Rs. 563 million was allocated for the Minister's overseas travels this year and the amount has been increased to Rs. 977 million for 2014.
She added that the 2014 Budget does not have any substance and is filled with a lot of beautiful words.
"People should not be misled by this budget and should start fighting to win their rights," Gunasekera said.