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Reduce the tax on internet usage for students: WDJS

15 November 2016 03:14 pm - 4     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The 25 per cent internet charges should be reduced for schoolchildren and university students, a government minister told Parliament today.

Labour and Trade Union Relations Minister W.D.J. Seneviratne expressed these views during last morning’s debate on the second reading of the budget.

"Internet is an information superhighway. A person who browses webpages could access any kind of information at any time. Therefore if some tax concession is given to schoolchildren and university students, it would be possible for the government to fulfil its objective of enhancing the knowledge of the youth and to create a knowledge-based society," he said.

However, the minister lauded the 2017 budget saying its proposals were aimed at increasing tax revenue and strengthen the economy. (Yohan Perera)

  Comments - 4

  • brainmaster Tuesday, 15 November 2016 03:46 PM

    Good idea, but I don't see, how this could be done, soon there will be a racket to misuse.

    Pf Tuesday, 15 November 2016 04:02 PM

    If we as a country want to go up in the ladder of IT stop taxing on Internet for another five years.Output will be very bright.By imposing taxes on Internet will infact resist the growth of IT. via DM Android App

    Dr.R. Narendran Tuesday, 15 November 2016 04:18 PM

    I am yet leaning through google, although 70 years old. I will always be a student!Dr.R.Narendran

    Saman Tuesday, 15 November 2016 09:55 PM

    The statement should be corrected to "proposals were aimed at increasing tax revenue there by strengthen the economy of MPs', Ministers and to cover up the losses due to corruption"

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