The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) criticized the Government for the supplementary estimate of over Rs 1 billion to import vehicles for MPs and Ministers and over Rs 17 million for the construction of a building at the official residence of former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga.

JVP MP Nihal Galappaththi said that the Government was milking the citizens dry with the increase of taxes including Value Added Tax.

Not only is this morally and ethically totally wrong and therefore a wholly unsuitable move, but it is also ineffective, he added.

“The Government is inflicting maximum pain on the people and is making them suffer. The people are being taken to the cleaners. They then take the monies obtained from the people’s suffering to purchase luxury vehicles for MPs and Ministers. A room is being built for Kumaratunga. All of this is wrong. Taking into account the present situation faced by the people in the country owing to several natural and man-made disasters, this is not what should take place at this particular juncture. This people must first survive and be able to live,” he pointed out.