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Govt. to lease out vehicles for 58 MPs at Rs.700,000 a month

17 November 2016 12:07 pm - 36     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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The move to lease out vehicles to 58 government MPs at a total cost of Rs.2.4 billion gives room to suspect of their being a serious financial crime involved, Chief Opposition Whip Anura Kumara Dissanayake told Parliament today.

"The fact that tenders had been called from potential suppliers even before cabinet approval is a matter for suspicion," he said.

"The monthly rental for one vehicle will amount to Rs.700,000 and at the end of the lease period of 60 months the total amount paid for each of the vehicles will add up to Rs.42 million. This means that the 58 vehicles will end up costing Rs.2.4 billion," Mr. Dissanayake said adding that the government would not receive ownership of the vehicles after the lease was paid up.

Meanwhile, Mr. Dissanayake highlighted the fact that the 58 MPs were being currently paid a monthly transport allowance of Rs.200,000.

Mr. Dissanayake questioned whether the government is actually going ahead with the proposal, as to whether these MPs have asked for vehicles and as to whether the costs involved is correct.

Leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella who responded said Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake will make a statement on it in the House today. (Yohan Perera)

  Comments - 36

  • shantha gamlath Friday, 18 November 2016 09:52 AM

    These kind of foolish decisions will encourage many corruptions and bribes from top to bottom. It may be purposely have taken by the people who are responsible for the budget prepared.

    Sloppy Tongue Friday, 18 November 2016 09:53 AM

    Disgrace to good governance !!!!

    Shelly. Friday, 18 November 2016 10:09 AM

    No need to get worked up. Prez. and P. M. know better than Anura how to manage the stability of the Govt. True Anura has to do something to keep his voters. But the Govt. has a lot of other things to do for common good. via DM Android App

    adamsapple Friday, 18 November 2016 10:51 AM

    Its ok.. they reduced sugar by 2 rupees...

    Theresa Friday, 18 November 2016 11:00 AM

    Curse all of the MP's!

    Rasheed Friday, 18 November 2016 11:25 AM

    Its true, if it is from your money, not from the public money.

    Sincere Thursday, 17 November 2016 06:38 PM

    "Pay our compensations, say Salawa protestors" (News item)

    Premalal Thursday, 17 November 2016 06:59 PM

    Permits have been sold.

    Lalindra Thursday, 17 November 2016 08:38 PM

    "Your tax money at work" courtesy Yahapalanaya.

    Veda mama Friday, 18 November 2016 01:15 PM

    How can any one criticise the earlier regime when the current regime is gradually starting to rob the nation in such a short period?

    Coconut Republic Thursday, 17 November 2016 09:32 PM

    Checking their bank accounts

    DERRICK Friday, 18 November 2016 01:44 PM

    PLEASE DISCLOSE NAMES OF 58 MPS. SO THAT PEOPLE WILL KNOW WHAT TO DO AT THE NEXT ELECTION!

    ruwan Friday, 18 November 2016 01:52 PM

    thanks Mr Anura.. u are doing great for the people.. in 2020 u should be the priminister of this country... well done... via DM Android App

    Merril Fernando Thursday, 17 November 2016 09:56 PM

    Why the government has to provide vehicles to the MPs? They are capable of financing for their vehicles no country does those things except Sri Lanka!

    SAMAN Friday, 18 November 2016 01:52 PM

    IT'S TIME TO GET RID OF THIS GOVT. NO DIFFERENT TO THE PREVIOUS REGIME!!!

    J Palitha Thursday, 17 November 2016 09:59 PM

    This Govt. is also doing the same thing as before, no difference.

    Taxpayer Friday, 18 November 2016 01:53 PM

    The whole country is waiting to seehow Ravi would juggle in answering. via DM Android App

    Ranjan Thursday, 17 November 2016 11:29 PM

    At least now realize the importance of JVP MPs. If not for them there wont be a hum from both sides and everything swept under carpet. via DM Android App

    sathees Friday, 18 November 2016 12:17 AM

    it's time for a new generation of young politician. Where are our political graduates?

    financial expert Thursday, 17 November 2016 01:18 PM

    mewane kollo gahili kiyanne. is this allowed under so called yahapalanaya

    Lanka Friday, 18 November 2016 02:36 AM

    Checking out the next flight.

    rohan Friday, 18 November 2016 03:03 AM

    Just WOW And government say there is no money to pay retirement for disabled soldiers. via DM Android App

    Dot Friday, 18 November 2016 03:17 AM

    .No wonder every One likes this job and there are 145 or more of them not counting those state ministers etc ..incidentally the government is trying to get over the problem of t those duty free vehicle may be who does a ready sale of their brand new vehicle hot from the Port may be .and there is a demand for them in the country ..from what ever resources ???..but an expensive method no doubt of resolving the problem

    Don Friday, 18 November 2016 04:01 AM

    The finance ministry is trying to bury the current regime. I will never vote for this minister again. via DM Android App

    Citizen Silva Thursday, 17 November 2016 02:19 PM

    Where is MS and RW ?

    Alosius Thursday, 17 November 2016 02:24 PM

    what about duty free SUVs issued to the mpsMS please wake up via DM Android App

    Nuwan Thursday, 17 November 2016 02:24 PM

    Nothing wrong with it. This is an opportunity for a private enterprise and leasing industry.

    Kiris Baba Amaray Friday, 18 November 2016 04:57 AM

    You guys always criticize any Governments as usual. Suppose if you happened to rule, you guys will play out more than anyone.

    German Jacob Friday, 18 November 2016 05:00 AM

    Years before when you were given a Ministry what did you do man? Only your dirty mouth knows to run down others, that is all. You and your party only plays games to disturb the public.

    laksiri Friday, 18 November 2016 05:27 AM

    these guys got duty free vehicle permit and sold to back market. now government has to pay such amount of money for what??? what happen president yahapalanya.?

    Veda mama Thursday, 17 November 2016 03:01 PM

    Oh! It's the same old Pudding that tastes the same with just a new name.

    Nihal Amarasekera Friday, 18 November 2016 07:40 AM

    Enough is enough, time for a change cause' we've got shortchanged.

    Ravi Friday, 18 November 2016 07:43 AM

    So Sad. Any thing for personal benefit.

    Taxpayer Friday, 18 November 2016 07:57 AM

    Huge wasteful expenditure on MPs without Performance Indicators on them or performance evaluation. After giving duty free permits to buy luxury vehicles to them why hire more when man on the road is taxed to the maximum.Poor show.

    Hitapangmachan Thursday, 17 November 2016 04:18 PM

    leasing equal to all Sri Lankan citizens via DM iOS App

    Gayan Friday, 18 November 2016 09:24 AM

    Our VAT taxes at work.


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