The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) alleged that the Government had authorized spending over Rs. 250 million to renovate offices and residences of ministers.
JVP MP Dr. Nalinda Jayatissa speaking to Nation said the Government had granted approval to spend Rs 60 million to renovate Minister Kabir Hashim’s office and Rs 191 million to renovate the houses of Ministers, Harin Fernando, M.H. Abdul Haleem and Ravindra Samaraweera.
The JVP explained that Value Added Tax (VAT) had been added on to wholesale and retail goods, which had previously been VAT exempted.
The JVP, who have already commenced a leaflet campaign in opposition to the Government’s proposed move to increase VAT and have conducted a protest cum march against it, will also be conducting a series of island-wide conferences addressing the people of the need to reject this move.
Dr. Jayatissa said that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was spending large sums from the supplementary estimate on vehicles for his use.
“VAT is being unfairly increased. The people are being made to heave a massive tax burden. The Government states that this is because the country’s economy is bankrupt. Yet the Government has done nothing to curtail the expenses of its members,” he pointed out.