Budget promoting beer: JVP

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JVP MP Sunil Hadunnetti said yesterday that beer consumption had been promoted with the Budget reducing taxes on beer and by removing the production tax on a can of beer.

Speaking at the budget debate, he said the government had increased the tax on the sugar content in soft drinks to discourage consumption of soft drinks while reducing the tax on beer which also contains a high sugar content.

"A beer factory uses about 300 bags of sugar daily for the production of beer," the MP said.

Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera said more than 100 gm of sugar is contained in a 400 ml bottle of soft drinks and pointed out that there was no issue in consuming a can of beer.

"We imposed tax according to the volume of alcohol consumed to discourage the consumption of strong drinks containing high volumes of alcohol," he said.

Minister Sarath Amunugama further explaining the matter said, tax would not affect the consumption of sugar in general and added that it would only apply to the sugar content in soft drinks. (Ajith Siriwardana and Yohan Perera)

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  • nick Sunday, 12 November 2017 04:18 AM

    this govement wants to make people bebaddo.. via DM Android App

    fareed Sunday, 12 November 2017 12:13 PM

    The JVP is nave enough not to understand the minister's logic, what he said was that beer is better than sugar because is one of the biggest problem in the world. He is right in taxing the produces of beverages as they contain more sugar that is a health risk that doesn't mean everyone should drink beer.

    Buwa Sunday, 12 November 2017 12:33 PM

    increasing tax on sugar deosn't mean you have to decrease tax on beer. Yahapalana supports are so poor when it comes to logic.

    be fair Sunday, 12 November 2017 02:26 PM

    Better than drinking poison

    Park Sunday, 12 November 2017 10:13 PM

    I started liking Handunnetti but with this statement I have come to the conclusion he is like all other politicians has no moral. His statement is blatantly wrong. Its fake news. The reason why beer can tax was reduced was that there was additional tax for cans and not on bottles. If he cannot understand this then he better give up politics. JVP keep your respect do not play cheap low grade politics.

    alex Monday, 13 November 2017 08:35 AM

    of all the positives things in the budget, this guy has only the beer tax to pick up on

    Ajith Monday, 13 November 2017 02:29 PM

    Soft drinks mainly consumed by kids and that lead to childhood obesity. Beer consumed by adults they can decide whats good for them. no need nanny state.


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