JO slams Govt. over vehicle allocation

8 June 2016 08:36 pm - 8     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The Joint Opposition today slammed the Government for seeking to spend Rs. 1.1 billion to purchase vehicles to 30 Cabinet and State Ministers.

Addressing a news conference, former Minister G.L. Peiris said the Government had mixed up its priorities by placing the privileges of the Ministers first instead of looking after the common man.

“The Government should have spent the funds to uplift the livelihood of recent flood victims and the displaced residents of Kosgama. Members of the Government are making the hay, while the sun shines. Some Ministers already have more than one vehicle,” he said.

While reiterating that the Government was not a national government but a United National Party (UNP) Government, he requested the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Ministers and MPs of the Government to vote for the No-Confidence motion against Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake
He said if the SLFP decided to vote against the motion, it would indicate that they were backing Government policies, which had resulted in an economic crisis in the country.

“People are suffering from high cost of living due to heavy taxation. These are the results of UNP’s financial principles. Therefore, we request the SLFP to vote in support of the no-confidence motion against Minister Karunanayake. If they vote against it, they will be no longer able to say that they are against Government policies, which are suppressing the common man,” he said. (Lahiru Pothmulla)

  Comments - 8

  • jolly bird Friday, 10 June 2016 07:43 PM


    Nalin Thursday, 09 June 2016 12:03 PM

    The government should do what is best for the people and not repeat what the previous government did. There are enough government vehicles that are misused and the ministers can easily find enough good vehicles. This money should be allocated to the people affected by the recent disasters.

    Gamaya Thursday, 09 June 2016 12:29 PM

    GL lost his credibility long years ago. But the MR regime used him as a mouth piece for the gullible to believe. A professor talking crap.

    Dumbo Thursday, 09 June 2016 03:15 AM

    However unreasonable this car issue is the JO has no right to slam the Govt. considering the monies wasted by all of them when they were in power. People may have short memories, but not as short as GL thinks.

    Mali Thursday, 09 June 2016 04:00 AM

    The former regime members who bankrupted this country now crying foul. What a joke!

    Yapa Thursday, 09 June 2016 04:35 AM

    All these Ministers have 4 or 5 best luxurious cars already in their Ministries.

    annoyed Thursday, 09 June 2016 05:19 AM

    I am not for unwarranted expenditure by the gov. But can you, GL, utter a word about such matters? Don't you have some respect to yourself?

    Premalal Thursday, 09 June 2016 05:36 AM

    How can they vote for the NC motion when they have just been awarded luxury vehicles?

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