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.

  • Noor Nizam – Canada.

    Are the Sri Lankans thoughtful, but very very forgetful? What happened to the Gold Smuggling done with the connivance of Hon. M.H. Abdul Haleem – Minister of Muslim Affairs and Muslim Culture as reported in the media – I quote ” A 42-year-old ministry official has been arrested by the Sri Lanka Customs at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) while trying to smuggle in Rs.2 million worth gold concealed in rectal cavity.
    “The Sri Lankan male, 42, from Borella, identified as a Co-ordinating Secretary to the Ministry of Muslim Affairs, has been arrested by the staff of customs officers at Arrival Lounge, Airport, with 04 gold slabs weighing 400g concealed in his rectal cavity,” Customs Spokesperson Leslie Gamini said, unquote. Shame on the Yahapalana government to have swept it under the carpet and the Sri Lankan Muslims to be branded/humiliated as “MARAKLKALAYO RACKET KAAROYONE”. Ove to HE. Maithripala Sirisena to take action about this though the JVP has FORGOTTEN to take up this matter in Parliament, and calling for an inquiry/probe.
    Noor Nizam. Peace and Political Activist, Political Communication Researcher, SLFP Stalwart and Convener – The Muslim Voice.