President Ranil Wickremesinghe stressed the importance of financial discipline in nation-building and announced plans to promptly introduce formal measures to control public expenditure and generate new government revenue.
The President highlighted the need to maximise the value of every rupee spent by the government, as currently, public expenditure often fails to achieve this objective.

He expressed concern over not only the neglect of public revenue but also the unrestricted spending of public funds on non-beneficial activities, which has contributed to the economic crisis in the country.
Furthermore, President Wickremesinghe attributed the current financial problems to the lack of parliamentary discussions on this matter in the past two or three years. To address this issue, he informed the audience that several committees have been established in the parliament to examine the state’s financial situation and income tax matters. President Wickremesinghe made these remarks during the presentation of a report by the committee chaired by State Minister for Finance, Economic Stabilisation, and National Policy, Mr. Ranjith Siyambalapitiya, which aimed to propose strategies for generating new sources of income for the state. The report was submitted to the President by State Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday (12).
The report encompasses recommendations aimed at establishing a structured framework to attain the revenue goals of the Inland Revenue Department, Sri Lanka Customs, and the Excise Department. It also suggests the implementation of novel approaches to augment government revenue and the creation of a digital economic infrastructure to support theseendeavours. President Ranil Wickremesinghe directed the Minister of State to engage in further discussions regarding these proposals and present them to the Parliamentary Committee on Ways and Means.