Written by Staff Writer
23 Jul, 2016 | 8:20 pm
President Maithripala Sirisena announced that the Mathata Thitha programme will be implemented under an active plan.
The President was speaking at the 104th Anniversary of the Sri Lanka Amadyapa Maha Sabha at the BMICH.
“When I was engaged in this programme at a particular district, a student stood up and asked, if the permits for cigarettes and alcohol in Sri Lanka are terminated, wouldn’t the problem be solved? I replied by saying that, if we can do that, it would be great ”, said President Sirisena.
The president noted persons in the treasury or those who hold such responsibilities think that without cigarettes and alcohol the government’s revenue cannot be increased. He added that is why he proposed the cabinet to increase the tax on cigarettes and remove that tax on the health sector that affects the patients.
Accolades were presented to persons who worked with commitment to eradicate drugs in the country.
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