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The Treasury has amended the circular relating to vehicle imports, enabling more MPs to import vehicles for their personal use under duty concessions, government sources said today.

The Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs had issued permits to only 69 members before the circular was amended.  There have been numerous requests from MPs to amend this circular.

An MP can purchase a vehicle up to US$ 50,000 under this facility from the international market by paying only 18 per cent of the import duties.  The Bank of Ceylon provides a loan of Rs.5,0 00,000   to each member for this purpose.

The government has amended this circular so that MPs can import vehicles before prices soar further in Japan due to the appreciation of the Yen. (KB)

  Comments - 61

  • uni Saturday, 20 November 2010 02:21 PM

    What is the price of bread and dhall?

    rif Saturday, 20 November 2010 03:45 AM

    People selected MP not to get duty free car govt will not allow people to import a duty free toy car

    Ramzeel Saturday, 20 November 2010 03:52 AM

    The cat is out of the Chinthanaya Budget Box.

    Thinuka Saturday, 20 November 2010 03:54 AM

    These are the things MR should avoid.. No body recommend except MP's..

    Kelby Saturday, 20 November 2010 03:55 AM

    MR. looking after his own cult very well.

    Nishantha Rajapakse Saturday, 20 November 2010 04:04 AM

    well said machan... 100% CORRECT

    A Joseph Saturday, 20 November 2010 04:15 AM

    The dogs who wagged their tales are getting their bones

    anura nanayakkara Saturday, 20 November 2010 04:29 AM

    Oh what a joke!!
    Is this the new era of development that president Mahinda Rajapaksa is talking about.Get your act together Sir !!

    PWC Saturday, 20 November 2010 04:35 AM

    Do not complaint now.. All of us voted for this madness..

    Ossan Salam - Doha Saturday, 20 November 2010 04:42 AM

    The opposition MPs must oppose this move and reject the offer.....but make sure 3,000 salary hike for GS's in the budget.........

    Aj Saturday, 20 November 2010 09:48 AM

    Why don't the govt. give them free cars, they have been working very hard for the General public !

    Kari Saturday, 20 November 2010 09:53 AM

    This is too much. Nothing received for poor government servants yet !!

    Cobra Saturday, 20 November 2010 11:24 AM

    We beg your pardon! We did not elect them-they elected themselves with computer jilmarts!

    WAC Saturday, 20 November 2010 11:32 AM

    Benefits should be given only if they produce good results.

    priyantha Saturday, 20 November 2010 11:47 AM

    very good idea not mp's they familiy members also

    marikkar Saturday, 20 November 2010 12:04 PM

    Why the colossal amount of wasting public funds? what do these idiots do with these vehicle?

    DHA Saturday, 20 November 2010 03:32 AM

    ....very unfair....

    Dee Saturday, 20 November 2010 02:28 PM

    So we will see more jeeps with WPC numbers and black glasses. breaking all the laws and upto all the shady things in society. Boy dont we love this country?

    leel gunathilake Saturday, 20 November 2010 03:03 PM

    Nice to see unity between all the political parties all ( SF ,RANIL ,SOMAWANSA ,TNA) agreed

    Above the crowd Saturday, 20 November 2010 03:03 PM

    Cruise chicks!!!

    victoria Saturday, 20 November 2010 04:05 PM

    Those are humorous requests for the government

    Wickramarachi M.P. Saturday, 20 November 2010 04:19 PM

    If I put my initials behind my name will I be eligible for 5 Million load from BoC and import permit for importing my long dram vehcile Range Rover fromUK?

    Mynah Bird Saturday, 20 November 2010 05:03 PM

    Here we go again. Why don't the MPs use public transport ?

    mlj Saturday, 20 November 2010 05:38 PM


    Yes, and if you need bulls, just go to parliament.

    Kithul Ramba Saturday, 20 November 2010 06:48 PM

    Any UNP MPs left?

    pinggonna Saturday, 20 November 2010 07:38 PM


    raymond Saturday, 20 November 2010 11:08 PM

    Mervin, please come to the rescue of the other members. They too deserve new cars, though not necessarily a JAGUAR!!

    asoka abeywardena Sunday, 21 November 2010 03:25 AM

    this is what we vote for lets enjoy it...this is the beginning...more to come...wait and see

    alpenrock Sunday, 21 November 2010 07:54 AM

    once the vehicles were imported they were sold to 3rd party and the profit will be pocketed by the MPs

    meranchi Sunday, 21 November 2010 09:49 AM

    lucrative job from people shoulder

    Pawlpakse Sunday, 21 November 2010 09:51 AM

    Increasing the salaries is not a priority at the moment. We now require more benefits to the MPs to increase their efficiency and motivate them to perform well on the various projects launched to develop the country.

    Cobra Saturday, 20 November 2010 01:04 AM

    So this is how the Chinthanaya is looking after the MP's. The State grumbles when it has to consider salary increases but goes ahead pampering the ministers in this way.

    Suba Friday, 19 November 2010 05:57 PM

    The rich is getting richer and the poor is getting poorer. Go Chinthanaya go!

    Shane Friday, 19 November 2010 06:06 PM

    The thugs cruising on vehicles while the laymen have no food to eat!! I dunno why we need so many useless MPs in this country...

    banda Friday, 19 November 2010 06:49 PM

    is this what we expected when voting for you?

    Lankan Friday, 19 November 2010 06:57 PM

    What a joke.........better to provide tem bull carts..........

    Assay Bayai! Friday, 19 November 2010 07:55 PM

    Suba Anagathayak!

    mohammed Friday, 19 November 2010 07:59 PM

    UNP members earn while in power but now only they know there are hundreds of ways they even don't think of and PA members using them in full force.

    Ranil Friday, 19 November 2010 08:23 PM

    Only unpatriotic elements make such requests. If you're a true patriot, you're expected to cheer whatever the govt does.

    lanka puta Friday, 19 November 2010 09:27 PM

    suba anagatayak. mps need us $75000 duty free.

    vathora Friday, 19 November 2010 10:36 PM

    Every election candidates should tell they asset.

    King Kong Friday, 19 November 2010 11:10 PM

    Good news for the poor citizens of Sri Lanka who is finding difficult to by a loaf of bread or a kilo of rice. More to follow.

    sw Friday, 19 November 2010 11:20 PM

    Long Live Mahinda Chinthana.

    Smart Aleck Friday, 19 November 2010 11:33 PM

    Election promises? Let us start by boycotting government banks and institutions for investment.

    Ibnu Batuta Saturday, 20 November 2010 12:57 AM

    Privileged lot.
    Damn with the poor.

    weha Saturday, 20 November 2010 12:59 AM

    Why cant the MPs use some cheap Chinese cars or Indian cars. After all they are trying to imlulate these two countries.

    pandula Friday, 19 November 2010 05:36 PM

    There are numerous request for increasing salaries in private and public sector Can gov do that too.

    deepal Saturday, 20 November 2010 01:16 AM


    Ravi - Canada Saturday, 20 November 2010 01:23 AM

    You people stop complaining. YOU re-elected them and continue to support....... this is what you get and will continue to get - NOTHING.

    steve Saturday, 20 November 2010 01:23 AM

    I guess this is what MR meant when he said we should catch up to the big boys.

    steve Saturday, 20 November 2010 01:24 AM

    no cant do that, development is more important otherwise no paga

    RC Saturday, 20 November 2010 01:25 AM

    Wow way to go , i think this is THE FAMILIES MEGA DEVELOPMENT PLAN!!!!...

    MagodisThuma Saturday, 20 November 2010 01:26 AM

    Self feeding continues !.
    But no money to pay 2500/=.

    Modawasage_Balaputha Saturday, 20 November 2010 01:41 AM

    How can the government servants ask for a pay rise promised by the MR.
    More priority issues such as this should be allcated funds first.

    Kavindra Jayanath Ma Saturday, 20 November 2010 01:47 AM

    How Nice!!!. They really deserve this token of appreciation for there "dedicated Public Service"

    Neville Saturday, 20 November 2010 01:55 AM

    they can't buy from open market with their tittle salary. That is why it is given. Don't be jealous guys.

    AjayH Saturday, 20 November 2010 02:10 AM

    Elections, Constitutional amendments, Duty free vehicles for MPs, so this is the order of priority at the end of the war, to hell with the peoples needs !

    Foolish Srilanka Saturday, 20 November 2010 02:13 AM

    Workers who voted, how is that?

    pbj Saturday, 20 November 2010 02:44 AM

    But Rs 2500 of carrot promised to the us - the donkeys of government servants .

    nihal Saturday, 20 November 2010 02:55 AM

    Poorest people in the country, at least get some relief by this action. Please provide some more relief otherwise they would get mal neutrious and die soon.

    Lipatha Saturday, 20 November 2010 03:28 AM

    This must be the out come of recent VIP visits made to JAPAN to something under hand to help JAPAN to dump their
    rejects in SRILANKA while earning some money.

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