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Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake yesterday vowed to proceed with the proposed Customs Bill despite objections from some quarters.

He said only a white paper had been presented for discussion on the proposed legislation. He said the Customs Ordinance was introduced in 1864 and that such antiquated laws should be amended to cope up with the present situation.

The minister said however there were crooks who opposed any changes to this archaic law and regretted moves by some of those in authority. He said that he regretted that some people in authority were also critical of the move while being unaware of the proper facts.

“There is only a white paper. There is no Bill yet. We are open for suggestions,” he said.

Earlier, trade unions attached to the Sri Lanka Customs urged the government not to proceed with the proposed legislation. They also met religious dignitaries and asked them to prevail upon the Government to stop going ahead with the new Bill. (Kelum Bandara)

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  • hitapangmachan Wednesday, 20 July 2016 08:22 AM

    corrupted dep in the world via DM iOS App

    Sathees Wednesday, 20 July 2016 08:36 AM

    Ravi K should be removed from FM post. He made enough mess!

    Citizen k Wednesday, 20 July 2016 09:08 AM

    Customs officers rob the country dry..they collect most of the revenue into their pockets,which rightfully belong in the treasury for use of the general public

    lkboy Wednesday, 20 July 2016 10:14 AM

    Apart from being antique, you haven't pointed out what are the shortcomings of the present act.

    Observer Wednesday, 20 July 2016 10:20 AM

    Ravi must answer each allegation ofUnions seperately for people to beconvinced. via DM Android App

    usaguy Wednesday, 20 July 2016 10:43 AM

    sure he will...unless GMOA or some other trade union threatens with TU action. via DM Android App

    Nimal Wednesday, 20 July 2016 10:46 AM

    SL Customs is the most corrupt institution in Sri Lanka. The public welcomes new legislation!

    BuffaloaCitizen Wednesday, 20 July 2016 11:45 AM

    The SL Customs is equal to the Police, RMV, SLPA, CEB, CPC, Maga Neguma as highest institutions of corruption.

    Pramod Fernando Wednesday, 20 July 2016 11:59 AM

    Ravi has no positive plan for anything he does. The only thing he can do better is criticising others. He is hopeless.


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