Legislation enacted in similar manner by earlier Parliaments: PM

9 August 2016 09:08 pm - 4     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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In the wake of the Supreme Court's announcement on the Value Added Tax (Amendment) Bill, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said legislation had been enacted in a similar manner by previous parliaments and requested the Speaker to rule on this matter for future legislative work.

He said though he was aggrieved by the ruling, he would not call for the impeachment of the Chief Justice. He said the rule of law had been established under the government founded on principles of good governance and therefore one could at least seek redress from court.

The Prime Minister said there seemed to be a deviation in this instance. He said it was against the ruling given by former Speaker Anura Bandaranaike who upheld the supremacy of Parliament.

However, he said the government would introduce fresh legislation in this respect in conformity with the Supreme Court's ruling.

"I do not intend to create a conflict in this regard," the Prime Minister said.

He said he was compiling details about the laws adopted in a similar manner and pointed out that it was a matter for Parliament to determine whether Cabinet approval had been secured for a particular Bill under Standing Order 133.

The Prime Minister said the ministers had acted in the past without notifying the House .

The Speaker said he would study the matter in consultation with the party leaders and give his ruling. (Kelum Bandara)

 

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  • Ama Wednesday, 10 August 2016 04:17 AM

    However, the same small country has too much of BORROWING

    Onlooker Wednesday, 10 August 2016 06:20 PM

    By bad to worse we suppose.

    REALPATRIAT Wednesday, 10 August 2016 09:53 AM

    WELL SAID SIR. DURING MAARAS REGIME THERE WAS NO JUSTICE IN THE COUNTRY. IT WAS IN THE HANDS OF MR AND IN HIS FAMILY MEMBERS. BUT NOW THE SITUATION HAS CHANGED. via DM Android App

    lalu Tuesday, 09 August 2016 09:36 PM

    The problem in the country is that no one really knows what it is. We have VAT, deferred VAT. S VAT, deemed VAT etc. The Government wants to put all the burden on traders engaged in simple buying and selling. They have VAT,NBT,ESC,Partnership Tax,Income Tax. It is too many for a small country like ours


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