Written by Tharushan Fernando
08 May, 2016 | 8:53 pm
The JVP says that it does not approve of any special relief provisions provided for parliamentarians amidst the current economic crisis.
Journalists questioned if the JVP agrees with the government’s approval for MPs to purchase vehicles with no tariff, and having to pay a minimum tax of only Rs 1050.
Propaganda Secretary for the JVP, MP Vijitha Herath, in reply, stated that as a party it was clearly stated to the government, to provide MPs with a vehicle during their tenure in office, and reclaim them once their term ends
“That is our policy and our stance”,charged MP Herath who further noted that the JVP will not agree with what happens, apart from their stance
“We have made our stance very clear in parliament and other relevant instances”said MP Herath Journalists also raised questions in regard to the relief being provided to MPs, with a major economical crisis in the country as a backdrop
“It is not relief it is called privileges”, charged the Propaganda Secretary for the JVP, MP Vijitha Heratn in reply. He added that it would be wrong to call them relief and it is not fair, because they are actually called privileges and benefits.
He further added that it is not fair at all to grant such privileges to MPs while the people of the country are slapped with taxes, causing a huge burden.
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