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The actual cost of the two vehicles of Prime Minister and the cost of repairs of residence and offices of some Ministers were less than what was stated in the supplementary estimates, Minister Harin Fernando said today.

The issue of the estimated was debated extensively during the past few days.

Minister Fernando told a media briefing today that only Rs. 128 million has been spent for the two bullet proof vehicles as pre-tax value, and another Rs. 448 million was for taxes levied on such vehicle imports.

“The Government itself is liable for taxes in the procurement of these vehicles,” he said.

“Premier Wickremesinghe never knew about the plan to procure these vehicles because they have been ordered by the Prime Minister’s Security Division (PMSD) as per State protocol,” he added.

Besides, he said the two vehicles which are currently used by the Prime Minister were more than ten years old and Rs. 500,000 was spent for maintenance of each a month.

He said only Rs. 30 million had been spent for the office of Minister of Public Enterprises Kabir Hashim though the supplementary estimate said Rs. 60 million was to be spent for it.

Referring to his own Ministry, Fernando said only Rs 2.7 million was spent for the repairs of his official residence though the supplementary estimates said a sum of Rs 4.2 million was to be spent.

“My official residence needed a repair as it was in a dilapidated state, when it was handed over by the Minister who used it earlier,” he said.

The Minister, who responded to statement, which the leader of Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) Anura Kumara Dissanayake said on the purchase of vehicles and cost of repairs, said MP Dissanayake accepted the vehicle permits, which were given to MPs in 2010.

“Mr. Dissanayake shouts about the vehicle permits after accepting the benefit,” he said.

Hitting out at the JVP further he said the party’s insurrection in 1988 cost Rs. 280 million to the Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB) alone, while it caused damages to the tune of Rs. 900 million to the Government buildings. (Yohan Perera)

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  • PublicMoney Thursday, 12 May 2016 06:45 AM

    Quote: "Premier Wickremesinghe never knew about the plan to procure these vehicles because they have been ordered by the Prime Minister’s Security Division (PMSD) as per State protocol,” RIDICULOUS protocol.Luxury Vehicle, Luxury Life.

    ET Thursday, 12 May 2016 06:51 AM

    RS 64 Million per car? I never thought Ranil would spend so much on his vehicle. Now it looks as this government is also spending lavishly. Harin, as Telecom minister u need to at least know the current bill taxes and new bill taxes. You seem to be able to talk only. Working u are are clueless.

    ANTON Thursday, 12 May 2016 07:24 AM

    YES ........ REAL PROFICIENCY IS ALSO MUCH LOWER THAN WHAT WE EXPECTED.

    samantha Thursday, 12 May 2016 08:52 AM

    Mr . Ranil, we respected you as a leader of best qualities. May be i am wrong. This is just ridiculous. Why not a cheap bullet proof car. We use private buses everyday.

    Leo Thursday, 12 May 2016 09:05 AM

    Have money for vehicles but when it comes to development empty pockets. via DM Android App

    Thanos Thursday, 12 May 2016 09:31 AM

    Forgetful aren't we? RW was allocated Rs. 860 million per year as the leader of the opposition during MR regime. RW never complained about that expenditure.

    nauffer mohamed Thursday, 12 May 2016 08:51 PM

    Hon: Prime minister is a countryTO HONGentlemen. He need to be protected.Everybody know that what HAPPEN TOHon:LATE.SWARD.BANDARANAYKA.We had our own enemy's in our parliaments and in the òur beauty full Motherland.foreigners invade our country they robbed our natural wealth.our own Poltician robbed the country.Why not government give Our Honourble:Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe give him high protection to improve true Vission of his mission to bring foword Our Beatiful Motherland to gather as a SriLankan.

    Premalal Friday, 13 May 2016 03:55 PM

    Our country should be protected from honourable gentlemen.

    indika Thursday, 12 May 2016 12:51 PM

    Why bullet proof vehicles for PM theres no threat from LTTE Now as per New Government .they also doing the same thing what previous goverment did.

    Rupa Thursday, 12 May 2016 01:47 PM

    Very very disappointing Harin, we expected more from this government but, we can now see that your'll are no better them MR's government. MR took a while to rob the country but, you'll have as started as soon as you came to power. There are so many good vehicles, besides the prime sited uses helicopters when he travels out side colombo so, why does he need cars that cost so much. Shame on this government. We can now see specially after the May Day rally you lot have lost your head, which means it's your downfall


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