Written by Staff Writer
22 Nov, 2013 | 7:04 pm
Here are some views expressed by political representatives on the 2014 budget.
JVP Politburo Member, MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake expressed these views;
“The minute relief that they provide is raved about. But the burdens they place on the people are read out as mere attachments. When you look at these attachments, you will see that the telecommunication levy has been increased by 5 percent. The bills of everyone who uses mobile phones or the internet will increase. By increasing customs duties they will earn 12.55 billion rupees. What do they mean by increasing customs duty?
“The government is trying to earn two times the amount of money they will give through wage increments and farmers pensions, by charging taxes.”
The prices of all goods including essential goods will increase. They are giving 18,200 million to farmers and public sector employees but the government hopes to make 31,750 million through taxes from the people. The government is trying to earn two times the amount of money they will give through wage increments and farmers pensions, by charging taxes.”
UNP Parliamentarian, Dr. Harsha de Silva shared these views;
“The main issue here is the food tax. It is the most unjust tax. There is no other country in this region which taxes food like this country does. The taxes on sugar, chillie, lentils, canned fish, potatoes, onions and other food items were not mentioned yesterday.”
“But a short while ago today, a scan of the taxes on these items was posted on the Customs website. Some of these items are to be imposed a tax of 800 rupees a kilo. Some of these items are to be imposed a tax of 200 rupees a kilo. Then they say that they have imposed these taxes to protect the local entrepreneur. These taxes have been imposed as per the needs of a select few. But there are consumers in this country. Do they not need to think about the consumer?”
Leader of Janasetha Peramuna, Ven. Battaramulle Seelarathana Thera expressed these thoughts;
“This budget is fruitless. There is nothing contained within. All of the nourishment that can be taken from the budget has been given to the ministers and MPs or the Chairmen. To the casino businessmen. Small scale businessmen have received nothing from this budget. The money that was spent on CHOGM is now being charged from the people.”
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