Now duty free vehicles for ex-PC members

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Despite the general public reeling under the rising living costs, Cabinet endorsed a proposal yesterday to allow former provincial council members, who had served for more than two and half years, but were  not elected this time, to import duty free vehicles, Daily Mirror learns.  

Earlier, Cabinet approval had been given to issue permits for the importation of duty free vehicles to the sitting provincial council members who had served for more than two and half years. However, Local Government and Provincial Councils Minister A.L.M. Athaullah submitted a Cabinet memorandum yesterday seeking approval for  the same benefit to be given to members who had served on the former provincial councils for more than two and half years, but not been elected to the current council.

The minister had also sought the approval to grant such benefits to  members who had served in the present councils for a similar period, but resigned later for various reasons.

Cabinet had granted approval to this memorandum too.   

The government issues duty free vehicle permits to parliamentarians once in five years. They are also given loans of up to US $ 50,000 to import such vehicles. In most cases, the MPs sell their vehicle permits at prices ranging from Rs.120 million to Rs.150 million. Recently, the government also gave approval for the MPs to sell their vehicle permits. (Kelum Bandara)
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  • Shevon Friday, 10 May 2013 12:00 AM

    Nov 2013? via DM Android App

    Just4Justice Friday, 10 May 2013 07:02 AM

    Next move ….Cabinet approves permits for duty free vehicles for deceased family members of the politicians. They all deserve every bit of luxury on public money !

    Saradial Friday, 10 May 2013 03:57 AM

    Oh its satisfy party members

    Farook Friday, 10 May 2013 11:48 AM

    No takers

    Kiwi Friday, 10 May 2013 01:51 AM

    How good!!! Most of them would sell the permits and that would enable quite a few people to buy new luxury vehicles.

    jumbo Friday, 10 May 2013 04:00 AM

    IMF rep Koshi Mathai are you hidding you can advice higher Tax for poor people , for these jokers you keep your gap close wow ...

    nims Friday, 10 May 2013 04:06 AM

    Who deserves this? A government servant who devotes his entire working life for the country or a kudu mudalali who was in the PC for two and half years?

    Nodrog Friday, 10 May 2013 01:53 AM

    What crap! They'll be sold on the black-market, the individual makes some money and the country loses a colossal amount in taxes.

    desilva Friday, 10 May 2013 07:10 AM

    these are calld 'Bribes'

    Dicky bird Friday, 10 May 2013 12:00 AM

    Agreed 'api wenuwen api' seems to only apply to those in power!!! via DM Android App

    kalakanniya Friday, 10 May 2013 04:10 AM

    Burns our heart !

    ANTON Friday, 10 May 2013 02:00 AM

    MORE ACCIDENTS ARE TO BE EXPECTED.

    Nadi Karunaratne Friday, 10 May 2013 12:13 PM

    The people are being treated with utter contempt by the political class who care nothing for them.

    Andy Friday, 10 May 2013 12:00 AM

    The sad part us the entire society is judged by the car one drives. Known fact that most evade taxes and politicians starting from the very top are corrupt.

    Hirt Friday, 10 May 2013 07:28 AM

    Guys, time is up...let's leave this damn country...

    MayIwin Silva Saturday, 11 May 2013 05:11 AM

    Any Lamboghini?

    Ishan Friday, 10 May 2013 07:28 AM

    what a crime and i feel sorry for the next genetration...

    Lokka Friday, 10 May 2013 02:16 AM

    WHILE POLITICAL PARASITES ARE GIVEN THESE BENEFITS, THOSE WHO DESERVE ARE IGNORED. WHAT ABOUT THOSE WORK ABROAD AND MAKE FOREIGN REMITTANCES TO THIS COUNTRY ? THEY ARE A WELL-DESERVING CASE.

    janaka Friday, 10 May 2013 04:18 AM

    Please import Ferrari, Lanboginnie and Aston martin on offer for the Night Race .

    Crazy Coot Friday, 10 May 2013 02:20 AM

    Wot?. No duty free vehicles for us who tolerate this nonsense?.

    Be fair...... Friday, 10 May 2013 02:26 AM

    Great, now I can buy a luxury car at the tax payers expense..
    ******************** LAND LIKE NO OTHER ***************

    Chaminda Saturday, 11 May 2013 05:48 AM

    What about People who work hard out side the Sir Lanka?

    I believe we should be the first one to get this opportunity.

    Thomas Friday, 10 May 2013 02:30 AM

    Rich become richer, Poor become poorer day by day in the paradise island

    zeylanicus Friday, 10 May 2013 04:30 AM

    "permits at prices ranging from Rs.120 million to Rs.150 million."?

    senta Friday, 10 May 2013 07:49 AM

    so we can expect more price hick in some essential items so it can burn more public's stomach

    leon Jayatunge Friday, 10 May 2013 07:50 AM

    No duty free vehicles to people who are earning foreign currency and sending home. Minister Dilan can you remember what you said when you meet Sri lankans in your last year middlesat trip ?. Do not come again to middleast

    ANTON Friday, 10 May 2013 04:33 AM

    AT LEAST GIVE US DUTY FREE HELMETS.

    Mason Friday, 10 May 2013 06:15 AM

    The permits are for selling is a well known fact. It being so, we see the present government is balatantly aiding and abetting corruption, at the expense of the common man.

    Mahela Friday, 10 May 2013 02:51 AM

    Yes, Cars without gasolene. Airports without planes. Harbours without ships.Get ready to ride bullock carts.

    Ravi Friday, 10 May 2013 02:56 AM

    What a crime ? to give duty free vehicles Ex PC members what is the contribution they have given this country.

    Clifford David Friday, 10 May 2013 08:03 AM

    Yes it will give them more freedom for Rape and Murder.

    meranchi Friday, 10 May 2013 03:02 AM

    bull shit policies what about overseas worker they bring lot of reverneu to lanka,,,,,i

    Inayat Friday, 10 May 2013 04:53 AM

    A wag said: Democracy is a system in which a dumb stupid majority elects dumb stupid leaders

    Prof.Math Friday, 10 May 2013 01:18 PM

    No Wonder this Government passed this Bill!

    Andare Friday, 10 May 2013 04:58 AM

    ANE MEHEMA AASAWAK, ANE MEHEMA THANHAWAK, LABEITHE ITHIN SANASEEMAK!!!!!!!!!!!

    Andrew Pitugala Friday, 10 May 2013 03:09 AM

    Goodness Gracious Me !!!!!!!!!!!
    Public money.
    But who are the beneficiaries
    Public have been reduced to beggars.

    PRASANNAJIT Friday, 10 May 2013 04:58 AM

    Ship is going to sink fast with heavier load.

    Anu Friday, 10 May 2013 08:19 AM

    We will support you to be the president of this country....

    kat Friday, 10 May 2013 03:16 AM

    i'm leaving this country, no point of feeling bad hearing bullshit everyday..

    ban Friday, 10 May 2013 03:18 AM

    only Country in the World, discreminated private sector who paid more tax

    SILVER LINE Friday, 10 May 2013 03:20 AM

    Not in the black market.....Now they can sell it legally in the open market with out any problem.....Day light robberies (in terms of tax revenue) getting formalized and legalized........sad situation!!

    ind Friday, 10 May 2013 03:23 AM

    Will see the response of the opposition for this !!!

    Ranjit W. Friday, 10 May 2013 05:06 AM

    Stole taxpayers' money while in office and still continue to steal while jobless. Miracle of Asia !!

    Prof. Calculas Friday, 10 May 2013 03:23 AM

    Lovely, the work for hard.

    Bushel Perera Friday, 10 May 2013 03:24 AM

    THUNDERING TYPHOONS!

    Paul Albert Friday, 10 May 2013 05:09 AM

    Will the govt give permission to sell their spouses?

    Sumanthi Friday, 10 May 2013 03:29 AM

    Hit me baby one more time (Tax)

    Mooven Friday, 10 May 2013 05:10 AM

    Creating precedence for future politicians.

    Road Runner Saturday, 11 May 2013 02:53 AM

    And reduce tex on motor bike spare parts import.

    OMG Friday, 10 May 2013 12:56 AM

    Each vote costs millions to the country in lost tax revenue.

    Does anyone care?

    Road Runner Saturday, 11 May 2013 02:54 AM

    Why not self employed people in this country they more working than politicians?

    bangi Friday, 10 May 2013 03:36 AM

    Give duty free Vehicle permits to expatriates. Not only to EX PC members.

    karu Friday, 10 May 2013 11:14 AM

    what about those who are working in abroad since long time,
    not to us?.

    Road Runner Saturday, 11 May 2013 02:57 AM

    me too.

    Cobra Friday, 10 May 2013 01:01 AM

    Api Venuven Api revisited!!!

    Truth Hurts Friday, 10 May 2013 03:38 AM

    IF I WERE THE PRESIDENT, I WOULD CANCEL ALL PERMITS AND TREAT EVERYBODY ALIKE!

    Muthu Friday, 10 May 2013 11:19 AM

    Who will buy?

    Anu Friday, 10 May 2013 03:38 AM

    What is going on? What about tax payers?

    Cobra Friday, 10 May 2013 01:12 AM

    Probably paving the way for MR's relatives and cronies to make big money at the expense pf citizen Perera!!!

    dinuk Friday, 10 May 2013 09:19 AM

    our marajano u are our god

    K.K. Kariyawasam. Friday, 10 May 2013 01:17 AM

    For what purpose ? To sell our vehicle permits.for As a benefit to be given in advance and forthcoming election

    manjula Friday, 10 May 2013 03:44 AM

    what crap the don't sell it for 120 or 150 million, why should you do so its better to buy with duty.. please correct you print

    Seriously Friday, 10 May 2013 06:47 AM

    Exactly !! My initial reaction was What The Father ? !

    Panikkiya Friday, 10 May 2013 09:30 AM

    Maha Dawal Minissunge salli Horakam karana Hati!!! LAJJAY!!! Outrageous robbing of public money in broad daylight - What a shame....

    Mohamed Friday, 10 May 2013 06:52 AM

    Same here Even I'm planning to leave the country

    musdik Friday, 10 May 2013 12:00 AM

    public servants??? via DM Android App


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