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President overturns decision to rent out 58 vehicles to MPs

2016-12-31 12:36:18
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President Maithripala Sirisena said the decision taken to spend large sums to provide vehicles on rent basis to 58 Parliamentarians who were holding the Chairmanship posts of Regional Development Committees would not be implemented.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror he further said a decision would be taken to implement a new system at the cabinet meeting held next week.

He further said the decision taken to provide vehicles on rent basis would ultimately result in the renting company owning the vehicles, and not the Parliamentarian or the government.

He also said he had discussed a new system for supplying vehicles to Parliamentarians with the Prime Minister. (Ajantha Kumara Agalakada)


  Comments - 16

  • Shelly. Saturday, 31 December 2016 12:59

    TOO LATE. NO PRIOR CONSIDERATIONS. NO DISCUSSIONS. LETTING IMMAGE DAMAGED.SCORING POINTS FOR MAHINDA AND JO. WATER RAISED ABOVE NOSE. FINISHED. via DM Android App

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    gobbaya Saturday, 31 December 2016 14:10

    its not cancelled but a different mechanism to be introduced......status quo is the same..added burden to the masses... via DM Android App

    Reply : 0       71

    Don Saturday, 31 December 2016 14:14

    Giving vehicles to parliamentarians have become sort of a bribe or a gift. The taxpayers pay for the vehicle so it should belong to the tax payer. At the end of their terms in office they should return the vehicles for the elected ones in a new parliament.

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    Bala Saturday, 31 December 2016 14:17

    Why are these ill considered hapazard decisons taken without proper assessment of impact all around them. Looks like the cabinet is composed of kindergarten kids as implications are so obvious and how they all agree, beats me.

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    sarath Saturday, 31 December 2016 20:34

    this noting new. they are worse than kindergarten kids.

    Reply : 0       15

    Rasheed Monday, 2 January 2017 09:21

    Because, the present MPs are selfish.

    Reply : 0       0

    Nihal Saturday, 31 December 2016 18:12

    Why took so long to overturn when it was common sense the move would have been an utter waste of public money via DM Android App

    Reply : 0       14

    mervyn fernando Saturday, 31 December 2016 18:14

    Whom is the President trying to bluff. Does he think that the intelligence of people are limited to that of a grama sevaka.

    Reply : 1       23

    Mason Saturday, 31 December 2016 18:25

    The 'gift' is being offered in a different wrapping. Nothing has changed to crow about.

    Reply : 1       18

    Mano Saturday, 31 December 2016 19:05

    Your Excellency, how about a fleet of vehicles managed by the Government stores which used to control surplus cars? I think vehicles with higher ground clearance is useful for people serving in remote areas but Benz and BMWs do not hold well on roads in developing nations and given that the rationale is to go outside to work in their villages, then perhaps what you need is a fleet of 4 wheeled drive vehicles and vehicles like Subarus with higher ground clearance. Then have an online system for them to log-on and make reservations for trips they need to make outside Colombo., This will create jobs with auto repair technicians and managers to manage the fleet in a centralized location.

    Reply : 0       13

    RanjitS Saturday, 31 December 2016 19:09

    I wish may you get the courage to do more of those in 2017. No one will be able to ousted you. Mahinda will have to Nahinda.in 2017.

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    Pf Saturday, 31 December 2016 19:49

    All the parliamentarians had been given vehiclessallariesallowances etc.etc from 1948 up to now.What is the output we got for this country.In 1948 the treasurrey was full and now full of unbearable debts.Failed.Why via DM Android App

    Reply : 0       12

    Sambo Saturday, 31 December 2016 20:03

    Your excellency. Please stop this all together. There are plenty of vehicles give them of that.

    Reply : 0       13

    Citizen Saturday, 31 December 2016 22:00

    Total chaos and confusion which surely signals the coming end of yahapalanaya

    Reply : 1       11

    Silva Saturday, 31 December 2016 22:34

    If the country is in a bad financial status it should be reflected across the whole cross section of people. It does not make sense politicians ride on BMWs on tax payers money and we are burdened more. Remember it's not RW in the opposition. It's MR. Please don't take things for granted.

    Reply : 1       12

    Mohanarajan Monday, 2 January 2017 11:10

    Ok fuel expenses, service, maintenance etc all burden to democrats for coming years

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