Refuting the allegations that parliamentarians and Cabinet ministers imported vehicles worth at least Rs.45 million each, Primary Industries Minister Daya Gamage said today the cost of such vehicles did not exceed Rs.7.5 million each when imported under the vehicle permits granted to them.
Addressing a news conference held at Sirikotha recently, Minister Gamage said most of the ministers used their permits to import common vehicles such as Toyota Land Cruisers which cost about 50,000 USD each.
“Even Minister Sarath Fonseka imported a vehicle worth Rs.7.5 million recently. No one ever imported a single vehicle worth Rs.45 million. However, when importing vehicles, more than a whopping Rs.45 million has to be paid as duty. Every parliamentarian has the right to use a vehicle for their ministerial work. Sometimes, a vehicle is needed to maintain the status of a minister. The funds to purchase these vehicles are given by their respective ministries. The rest should be paid as Customs duty. Once Rs.7.5 million is paid, the rest of the amount will be debited to the Treasury,” he said. (Chaturanga Pradeep)
ravin Friday, 19 May 2017 07:33
All what you say may understandable. But no one will understand why you sell those permits and make profit. If luxury vehicles are important what impotency they have by selling them.
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Wijebahu Friday, 19 May 2017 09:54
good point. must they spend this much of money to buy a vehicle, then they should keep it.
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Punny Pellow Friday, 19 May 2017 07:40
The "MERE EACH" cost of 7.5 m would have assisted poor families to build at least 10 houses to last their lifetime!!
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sanjl Friday, 19 May 2017 07:56
If currently minister says they want a vehicle to maintain status of a minister ...former ones will be escape easily of their lavish spending done in the past ..All are same via DM Android App
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MILLIONS Friday, 19 May 2017 08:16
" cost a mere Rs.7.5mn each" --- "MERE" ? ? may be for you NOT FOR US MINIONS !
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SL Friday, 19 May 2017 08:28
There are so many pitholes on the roads maintained by Ministry of Kirielle. That's why ministers need Off-Road vehicles I believe.
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aaryan Friday, 19 May 2017 08:39
Vehicles are used to maintain the status of the ministers ?? wow. then all of the ministers should be riding on bullock carts..and they can replace the bulls as well..their status is nothing more above that !!
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Teni Friday, 19 May 2017 08:49
It is difficult to understand how he has totally forget about the huge amount of tax concession they received once they were importing. And how he was became top rank businessman and making profit with this type of calculation. Also, If Toyota land cruiser is common vehicle how to call, need to define the margin for luxury vehicles again.
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suresh Friday, 19 May 2017 08:57
oh if its only 7.5 million its ok.
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Dhanush Friday, 19 May 2017 09:18
Please sir can you get me a land cruiser for 7.5 millionyou still think we dnt know the price via DM Android App
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Rajitha Friday, 19 May 2017 09:45
for you it is a mere 7.5 million but for the poor country it is huge when people can not even walk these days
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De Silva Friday, 19 May 2017 09:53
Then sell it for 7.5 millon
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Rohantha Friday, 19 May 2017 14:59
If I pay 7.5Million can I get a vehicle like Field Marshal is using. (Though I personally agree he should be given a Free Vehicle for the Services rendered to the Country)
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sam Friday, 19 May 2017 17:41
7.5mn is nothing for them. Because they wont spend from their pocket. via DM iOS App
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Shelly. Friday, 19 May 2017 19:02
India tried for some time with locally made cars to PM downwards. But now its given up. When kudu karayas own vehicles worth above 20 min. our MPs too get the kick and start crying for ....... via DM Android App
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