Petrol can be sold for Rs 90, if taxes removed: Gammanpila

14 May 2018 01:45 pm - 32     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


A litre of petrol could be sold for Rs. 90, if not for the taxes, Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) leader and MP Udaya Gammanpila said today.

“There are four taxes imposed on fuel such as Import Duty, Local Tax, Ports and Airports Development Levy and Nation Building Tax,” he said.

Addressing a news briefing, he said when the Government increased the price of 1 litre of Petrol to Rs 137 on May 10, average price of crude oil was $67 per barrel in the World Market.

“The Rajapaksa Government increased the price to Rs. 137 on September 30, 2011, when a barrel of crude oil was $100.  We sold a litre of petrol for Rs. 137 when the barrel of crude oil was $100.  

“This Government increases the price but when the barrel of crude oil is just $67,” Gammanpila said.
“MP Ravi Karunanayake correctly pointed out that the Government had to increase the prices of fuel because of the heavy taxes imposed on fuel. 

“Moreover, President Sirisena has promised to remove all taxes on fuel in Page 28 of his election manifesto in 2015,” Gammanpila added.

He asked the Government economic specialists to explain as to why they could not sell petrol at Rs 117, when a barrel of crude oil was $67.   (Sheain Fernandopulle)



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  Comments - 32

  • Ruwan Monday, 14 May 2018 03:11 PM

    Good... Ravi K is on the side of Gommanpila

    sujata Tuesday, 15 May 2018 08:39 AM

    No.. actually Gammanpilla is on the side of RaviK

    How Monday, 14 May 2018 03:13 PM

    IF Tax is removed then how will the Government get the MONEY to maintain you people in the Parliament.

    sil Monday, 14 May 2018 06:30 PM

    that's good,no pay for legislative members,only allowance, no undeserved pension,no super luxury vehicles no food for cut rate

    Anthony Monday, 14 May 2018 04:38 PM

    Can judge your educational knowledge, you are a good rogue

    DB Monday, 14 May 2018 04:44 PM

    Gammanpila is speaking as if there was zero taxes on Fuel during the times he was a powerful minister! RK should realise that no one wants to listen to him anymore. He has robbed us enough - enough is enough.No Government can run without taxes. the question is, are these money's used positively towards improving the Country or not.

    dm Monday, 14 May 2018 04:51 PM

    Now Gommanpila is taking previous government time fuel price was 159/- wa you sleeping at that time

    kk Monday, 14 May 2018 04:56 PM

    On 30/09/2011 USD to LKR was 109.8506. So One barrel was (USD 100*109.8506). Today USD to LKR 158.02033. So (USD 71 * 158.02033). So the barrel cost is almost the same. So it is logical to increase fuel prices no?

    Rajiv Tuesday, 15 May 2018 12:02 PM

    compare with price of 2015 January not 2011.

    C.K.LANKAPUTHRA Monday, 14 May 2018 04:59 PM

    Why we're you dumbfounded when your God father increased it to to Rs.158.00.

    Ajja Monday, 14 May 2018 05:37 PM

    If taxes removed how a government can fund health, education, defense (forget about waste on maintaining MPs). Blanket subsidies should not give as poor people have to pay more taxes for consumption of riches. Let market forces decide the prices

    suresh Monday, 14 May 2018 05:38 PM

    Dear Gommanpila, was there no tax before this govt took over?

    RP Monday, 14 May 2018 05:39 PM

    All politicians can do miracles while they are in the opposition!!!!!

    Sathya Monday, 14 May 2018 05:43 PM

    I remember good old day, when your boss was president, we paid huge taxes on fuel, so those day where you were? if not you did not know about the fact?

    palli Kanda Monday, 14 May 2018 06:00 PM

    Can someone nominate this guy for a Nobel price in Economics! Our future leaders - Country is doomed.

    Kevin Monday, 14 May 2018 06:25 PM

    Dear gammanpila. So if I may ask , why didn't you suggest this during MR govt? You could have then sold a liter of petrol at rs. 55 during that time right? Please stop this bullshit statements to revoke innocent citizens of Sri Lanka. Please.

    sarath Monday, 14 May 2018 06:59 PM

    You cannot run the country without taxes.If you remove tax on fuel the Govt will tax form some other commodity. We speak politics but not non sense

    saranga.walimuni Monday, 14 May 2018 07:24 PM

    Of course buddy this is possible in any country

    HC Monday, 14 May 2018 07:50 PM

    Then why wasn’t the same done way back in 2014. You people priced Petrol way above the current price

    sam silva Monday, 14 May 2018 07:55 PM

    Mr Gamanpila- you are a one man party. You and all your supporters can fix into a mini bus.Why did you not come with this brilliant idea, when MR was running the country

    Dee Monday, 14 May 2018 08:29 PM

    Onna kiwuwa 'gon' thathawak.

    Sincere Monday, 14 May 2018 08:40 PM

    Are you a real honest politician Mr. Gammampila? Didn't you find the taxes in the price of petrol when it was Rs. 155/= during the previous regime? Who suffer from Dementia? You or we?

    Sincere Monday, 14 May 2018 08:42 PM

    Mr Gammapila, We invite you to open this DM website and read the comments of readers here. They are not politicians, but ordinary but pragmatic readers. Don't you feel embarrassed by their comments?

    niyas Monday, 14 May 2018 08:50 PM

    During MR period landing cost of Petrol (FOB) was around Rs.43. sold Rs.158 where were these moron then

    Dhammika Monday, 14 May 2018 08:56 PM

    During your boss MR regime crude oil prices in the international market was much LOWER and the price of fuel in SL was much HIGHER than today .

    Sambo Monday, 14 May 2018 08:59 PM

    Yes if you are willing to pay the tax then we can sell fuel at Rs. 70 per litre.

    modapilla Tuesday, 15 May 2018 08:42 AM

    if govt. can remove income tax for salaries earned we can afford this price hike and won't complain

    gamini Tuesday, 15 May 2018 08:44 AM

    we want the MR gang back so that we can live on Rs.2500 a month and buy petrol at Rs.90...WOW Miracle of Asia

    TONY Tuesday, 15 May 2018 08:45 AM


    kamalhot1 Tuesday, 15 May 2018 08:56 AM

    Nursery boy just started schooling and learned about maths little, you will understand after economics started.

    simon Tuesday, 15 May 2018 04:40 PM

    First return the money you stole from the Australian

    Wise Donkey Wednesday, 16 May 2018 11:35 AM

    How about you opening a petrol shed and sell at Rs 90/-?

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