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JVP urges Govt. to reduce fuel prices

15 May 2018 10:40 pm - 9     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) today urged the government to reduce the recently increased fuel prices and said the government was earning the tax income on fuel unreasonably, showing losses of the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC).

JVP MP Vijitha Herath told a news conference that the fuel prices were increased because the excessive taxes imposed on fuel and not because of the crude oil price increase in the world market or the depreciation of the rupee.

“A tax of Rs.31.60 is being imposed on diesel and Rs.60.19 on petrol,” he said.

The MP said it was the government that was earning the tax income on fuel and added that the CPC did not receive the benefit of the increase even though the price was increased, showing losses to the CPC.

He said the government had imposed a tax of Rs.111 on a kilo of milk powder apart from the recent increase of Rs.50.

“The government is not using this tax income for the benefit of the people. It has allocated an additional Rs.750,000 for the agricultural ministry building for which more than Rs.900 million has been spent during the past couple of years. Millions of rupees were lost due to the Central Bank bond scam. The government is imposing taxes to recover those losses,” the MP said.

JVP politburo member K.D. Lal Kantha said they had organized a series of protest campaigns against the increase of taxes and that the first would be held on May 22 in Colombo. (Ajith Siriwardana)

  Comments - 9

  • Ajith Wednesday, 16 May 2018 12:55 AM

    Where do we find the money for road maintenance from JVP funds or price of sugar. Need mental development.

    truly Wednesday, 16 May 2018 11:57 AM

    Imposing taxes not for road maintenance but for politicos to have a luxury life. Wait till the next election.

    cheers Wednesday, 16 May 2018 05:21 AM

    shouting for money boru show

    Jayasiri Wednesday, 16 May 2018 06:12 AM

    Maintaining price level of any commodity should be done according to what effect it has on the economy and society. The government clearly changing the prices without considering its effect on people. Fuel is the backbone of our economic activities. In fact, by lowering fuel prices, the government can increase its income because there will be an increase in the production.

    K. C. John Wednesday, 16 May 2018 11:14 AM

    Prices still lower than when this government took over. Did JVP dare to shout in the years before 2015?

    ANTON Wednesday, 16 May 2018 07:11 AM


    joshua Wednesday, 16 May 2018 07:25 AM

    The treasury is not JVP's property. The treasury needs money and taxes have to be collected. As you have this issue in hand, you can start the protests using the useless university students who have nothing else to do.

    LS Wednesday, 16 May 2018 07:30 AM

    JVP has lost its credibility like all other main political parties. If they are given to manage the country, can they continue to subsidize everything?They are anymore not a people's liberation movement. Like other politicians, they also think about their own liberation than the liberation of the common masses.

    Atha Katha Amaraweera Wednesday, 16 May 2018 09:48 AM

    Forth-coming elections, Sirisena and Ranil will face a severe defeat, before that with respect it is better they resign and go home, paving the path for the young talents in both parties.

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