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Cabinet has decided to stop all vehicle imports for ministers and ministries for this year due to the disaster situation, Minister of Ports and Shipping Mahinda Samarasinghe said today.

Addressing media Samarasinghe said the President had directed that funds allocated to purchase the vehicles be used to provide relief for those affected by the disaster. Ministers have been asked to use the vehicles they already have, he said.   

Additionally, the President also instructed that the meal allowance for those affected by the disaster be increased to Rs.300 as the initial sum of Rs. 230 set out by a circular was insufficient.

Samarasinghe also that financial aid received from donors will be strictly allocated to reconstruct houses damaged by the disaster.

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  • ceylon Tuesday, 30 May 2017 04:06 PM

    if they are in politics to serve peoleno need luxury.give them used vihicles. via DM Android App

    Scooby Doo Wednesday, 31 May 2017 09:00 AM

    Hah ha before that public transport should be developed

    DJ Wednesday, 31 May 2017 08:32 AM

    Their next vehicle should be a Martin. They do not know how to use valuable vehicles cause when normal people use them it last for 5 years without aby repairs. But our law makers it last for only 1 year. These idiots do not deserve any valuable cars from valuable tax revenue

    Manuel Benjamin Tuesday, 30 May 2017 05:05 PM

    People did not vote to select Ministers to purchase Luxury vehicle work over 35 million.... what a joke. They should use the same vehicles and serve the nation.

    German Jacob Tuesday, 30 May 2017 05:03 PM

    Even in Germany now, I got to know that the Politicians will never change vehicles for years and years. Why not in SriLanka?

    Bubble Banda Tuesday, 30 May 2017 05:02 PM

    Yes, its a good request - until 2020 not a single vehicle should be purchased.

    Kiris Baba Amaray Tuesday, 30 May 2017 05:00 PM

    Mr. Sunil please mind it, its not Mahinda's Govt, its Yahapalanaya and its MS's Govt.

    Kadupol Jothywansa Tuesday, 30 May 2017 04:59 PM

    Lot of eye washes done only by the old defeated king Mahinda.

    mohandev Tuesday, 30 May 2017 04:56 PM

    How about demanding MPs to tigthen their belts for 12 months by donating their salaries

    Citizen Ash Tuesday, 30 May 2017 04:43 PM

    We need a transparent and accountable scheme to monitor donors funds. via DM Android App

    seqi Tuesday, 30 May 2017 04:38 PM

    Some common sense at last....good on you. via DM Android App

    John Tuesday, 30 May 2017 04:12 PM

    ....what took you so long whilst the carnival was on?! Anyway, better late Sir, at least to feel the public anger.

    Moth Tuesday, 30 May 2017 04:10 PM

    Are you kidding?

    Kaboos Tuesday, 30 May 2017 01:37 PM

    God bless our president for stopping all vehicles imports. This directive should continue till 2020.

    Steffany Tuesday, 30 May 2017 03:59 PM

    Why only for this year? They shouldn't get any new vehicles for the next 5 years at least

    gihan Tuesday, 30 May 2017 03:39 PM

    They should take public transport like politicians in most other countries and keep the foreign exchange in the country to pay off the colossal debt accrued by the previous regime....!

    One Shot Ranjan Tuesday, 30 May 2017 03:19 PM

    No unlike RW, if President says something he will do it.

    Sunil Tuesday, 30 May 2017 02:50 PM

    This is just eye-wash to attempt to fool the people.

    ameer Tuesday, 30 May 2017 02:37 PM

    VAT increased to 15% saying only shorter period, please give relif to people by removing this VAT before go for purchasing vehicle.

    Sunimal Tuesday, 30 May 2017 02:29 PM

    Instead of luxury cars how about making a statement by ordering a fleet of Tuk Tuks for our useless Minsters?

    Sunimal Tuesday, 30 May 2017 02:27 PM

    Wishful thinking! It's NOT a stop, just a temporary delay.

    VMS Tuesday, 30 May 2017 02:21 PM

    Great News. Responsible President. Good on you Sir. We salute you.

    Anja Tuesday, 30 May 2017 02:14 PM

    They bring the supplement budget they also tell they do not import do we ask them to import..Hell is nearby via DM Android App

    max Tuesday, 30 May 2017 02:05 PM

    Only in this year? So, next year your going to get them? Mr. Minister, dont you and the govt have a single degree of shame? Country is bankrupt according to CB officials. But you politicos have tamashas! Already you guys have luxury vehicles to "serve" the country. Why new ones again?

    gerard Tuesday, 30 May 2017 01:46 PM

    hahahahaha...do these so called politicos think the people are always fools....stop vehicles this year, next year double the quote because this year was a bad year....all this talk is only to keep themselves happy ..they did so much for the victims


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