The government’s decision to increase prices of vehicles through the budget-2016 has blatantly violated Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s election promise to provide one vehicle for each middle class family, Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) General Secretary Udaya Gammanpila charged today.
He said some vehicle prices would be increased by Rs. 400,000 while some would be increased by Rs. 7 million.
“The Prime Minister in his election manifesto, pledged to make provisions to provide at least one vehicle for each middle class family. However, through the budget, the government had today increased the prices of vehicles by hundred thousands of rupees. The election promise given previously has become another broken promise,” Mr. Gammanpila told a news conference.
He said the argument of the government to increase vehicle prices was the increasing city traffic and limited road capacity. “Didn’t they know these facts when giving promises to the people during the election campaign?” he asked.
He said the previous government of President Mahinda Rajapaksa had not even touched the prices of environment friendly vehicles such as electric vehicles but the present government had not even spared the prices of those vehicles.
“We will call for a black flag day against this injustice towards the people. We request people to tie a black flag to their vehicles in protest over this unreasonable vehicle price increase,” he said. (Lahiru Pothmulla)
Comments - 5
Prem Nath Tuesday, 24 November 2015 09:21 PM
No body could do what he did,making Sri Lankans free to travel North South East and West of the country without Fear.
poraa Tuesday, 24 November 2015 02:08 PM
The government says "increasing import tax on vehicle to decrease the vehicles on roads, " increasing the sugar price to control diabetes" .. " increasing the fertilizer to save worms " yahapahalanaya at its best .....
sam silva Wednesday, 25 November 2015 11:45 AM
Poor Gammanpila- entered parliament to get duty free car permits to sell. Budget stopped all that and now finding an excuse to criticise the budget
TONY Tuesday, 24 November 2015 10:59 PM
AM SURE PARLIAMENTARIANS LIKE UDAYA WILL BENEFIT BY PRICE HIKE OF VEHICLES AS THEY SELL THEIR DUTY FREE VEHICLE PERMITS FOR MARKET PRICE
janaka Tuesday, 24 November 2015 04:02 PM
Tell us what Rajapaksa did for poor and not only sil cloth?
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