Written by Bella Dalima
14 Aug, 2014 | 10:38 pm
The Deputy Minister of Finance and Planning, Senior Minister Dr. Sarath Amunugama notes that the government has been made to earn a major portion of its revenue from social vices such as cigarettes and alcohol.
The Minister made this statement, at an event held in Colombo on Thursday. The 63rd convention of the All Ceylon Excise Sergeants’ and Guards’ Association was held in Colombo on Thursday under the auspices of Senior Minister Dr. Sarath Amunugama.
Deputy Minister of Finance and Planning, Dr. Sarath Amunugama said:
[quote]When we prepare the budget, one of the factors we look at is where are we going to earn revenue. Usually, we are made to secure that revenue from sectors which society does not consider to be good. This is criticised in Parliament quite often. If you are saying no to this as a matter of principle then there is a problem as to how you are going to generate revenue. We cannot fix people’s tastes through the law alone. We can see that there are people who consume alcohol and who smoke or are addicted to cigarettes, so as a government we must obtain the money that we should obtain from these sectors.[/quote]
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