Written by Bella Dalima
26 Nov, 2013 | 10:02 pm
A problematic situation arose in parliament on Tuesday over the amount spent on a litre of petrol when it is imported to the country. This ensued when Democratic Party Parliamentarian Anura Kumara Dissanayake posed a question to the Minister of Petroleum Industries.
DNA Parliamentarian, Anura Kumara Dissanayake questioned, “when a metric tonne of petrol arrives at the Colombo Port, is the price 149 rupees per litre?”
Minister of Petroleum Industries, Anura Priyadarshana Yapa responded to him. “yes!”
Further Parliamentarian Anura Kumara Dissanayake said; “You are wrong Minister. The government charges a tax of Rs.25 per litre of petrol.”
“It has been the case for a long time,” said Minister Anura Priyadrashana Yapa.
“My question was, how much is a litre of petrol when the shipment lands at the Colombo Port? All the taxes are included once the shipment is unloaded from the Colombo Port. Your saying that it is Rs.149 when it is unloaded at the Colombo Port. That is incorrect. I believe even Minister Susil Premajayantha is aware that after the shipment arrives at the Colombo Port, the government charges a tax of Rs. 25 per litre and a Rs.15 profit is given to the Petroleum Corporation. It is after these profits are made that the price increases to 162,” stated Anura Kumara Dissanayake.
“It all adds up to 162, the Landing Cost is Rs.149 and 20 cents.”” replied Minister Anura Priyadrashana Yapa.
“Thereafter a Rs. 25 tax is imposed on petrol and the Rs.15 profit is given to the Petroelum Corporation,” said Parliamentarian Anura Kumara Dissanayake.
“This is the answer I have received. If there is a calculation error then I will look into it and get back to you. I will answer your question later, ” replied Parliamentarian Minister Anura Priyadrashana Yapa.
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