Written by Staff Writer
10 May, 2016 | 6:49 pm
The JVP is gearing up to launch countrywide protests against the Government’s new tax policy. The government’s tax policy came under fire at a JVP Media Briefing in Colombo which was presided over by its leader Anura Kumra Dissanayake.
Leader of the JVP, Anura Kumara Dissanayake stated that the Prime Minister has presented a supplementary estimate to allocate Rs.594.3 million for VIP security vehicles at a time where the people are burdened with taxes.
He added that the sum is almost Rs.600 million which means Rs.300 million is spent per vehicle and Rs.4.26 million was allocated for the renovation of the official residences from the supplementary estimate.
Explaining further, he stated that an allocation for the official residence of the Minister of Postal Service and Muslim Affairs stands at Rs.8.85 million and Rs. 60 million for the office premises of the Minister of Public Enterprise Development, Kabir Hashim.
He went on to note that via the supplementary estimate, 700 million has been obtained to upgrade ministries and official residences as well as to obtain VIP cars.
Furthermore, he alleged that this tax policy has been introduced to nourish the Prime Minister and the ministers by draining the life out of the people.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Public Enterprises, Sunil Handunnetti stated that they make recommendations as the COPE, but they are being suspended by the subject minister. Therefore, when taking into consideration the the grant programme by the Senior Citizens Secretariat 100 rupees from the grant of Rs. 2000 was slashed.
He added they do not have the right to take it away as such and went on to note that they have informed to return the Rs. 100 as Minister S.B. Dissanayake had sent a letter to all 225 members in Parliament to suspend the slashing of the grant.
The MP also commented on the move to introduce the National Audit Act to Parliament.
He noted that a sub committee has been appointed in order to remove certain clauses. Therefore, when the final result of the National Audit Act and the Right to Information Act are passed the established commissions will have no power, when they are in operation.
Explaining further, he noted that there is no point if the National Audit Act is presented in a manner where those who commit wrong are protected.
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