Oct 23, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government says it will present the amended casino bill in parliament before the presentation of the next year's budget.
Investment Promotions Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena has told the media that the amended order made under the Strategic Development Projects legislation on casino projects in Colombo would be presented to parliament before the 2014 Budget presentation.
He said the regulations that are held back by the government due to stiff protests would be tabled in parliament again after introducing amendments.
"We expect to table the Bill in Parliament after making the amendment expeditiously, before the upcoming budget proposals," the Minister added.
The debate in parliament on the proposed legislation to provide tax concessions to two multi-million dollar casino projects was scheduled for Thursday and Friday this week but the government announced Tuesday that it was holding back the bill.
Minister Abeywardena explained that the President had not said the Bill would be withdrawn, but that amendments would be introduced to it.
Abeywardena has noted that a final decision on the amendments and the Bill would be made after the President discusses with the leaders of the governing party allies.