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In the wake of widespread protests over some of the budgetary proposals such as the increase in the fees for vehicle emission tests, the government is contemplating amending the charges during the Budget debate, Daily Mirror learns.

The Budget proposed to increase the charge for the vehicle emission test to Rs. 5000. As a result of protests from several quarters the government is now planning to introduce ‘a congestion charge' from motorists.

Professionals have also protested against proposal to do away with vehicle permits granted to them and according to government sources, attention is now being paid to reconsider this proposal. Amendments are also being considered for the proposed tax hike on electric cars and the introduction of the Nation Building Tax.

“In the Prime Minister’s policy statement to Parliament, he had proposed to increase the proportion of direct taxes in comparison to indirect taxes. It means the contribution to government revenue from income and corporate taxes. But, this policy is not reflected in the budgetary proposals,” a source said.

The budget debate is currently underway in Parliament. It will end on December 19. Meanwhile, paddy cultivators are protesting over the Budget proposal to restrict the fertilizer subsidy. (Kelum Bandara)

 
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  • Hon. Arnolis Saturday, 28 November 2015 06:23 PM

    A 10 year old kid would do a better budget than this.

    OMG Saturday, 28 November 2015 11:35 AM

    Increasing cost of vehicles by way of import duties and other charges is like changing pillows to cure a headache. 99.9 % vehicle on the road in SL is there for a purpose. There is hardly any joy riding in SL. THE ONLY PRACTICAL WAY TO REDUCE CONFESSION ON THE ROADS IS TO HAVE DECENT PUBLIC TRANSPORT SYSTEM.

    Gabi Saturday, 28 November 2015 11:55 AM

    A weak govt trying to keep everyone happy will end up abolishing the taxes and just printing all the money needed.

    Laxman Saturday, 28 November 2015 11:58 AM

    It would be better if they repeal the whole thing and bring in a new budget

    Sapu Saturday, 28 November 2015 12:14 PM

    Govt should install E-tolling systems on raods so they can charge a fee when a certain road is congested

    Gamini Saturday, 28 November 2015 12:16 PM

    What DEW Gunasekara indicated was necessity of proper collection of existing taxes, not a introduction of new taxations.

    Chris Sunday, 29 November 2015 06:19 AM

    trying to please every one is impossible. Govt must have the conviction to stick to something once its presented.

    Chris Sunday, 29 November 2015 01:17 PM

    The majority of this country are used to ask everything free. A few blunders has been made. If the private sector can live with EPF after retiring why cant the Government servant live with it. What is the difference between the two. Reduce the number of Government Servants as they are idling with nothing to do but asking for subsidies. Also it was very unfair to have increased the price of alcohol twice in a month. This will only bring more miseries to homes.


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