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Duty-free vehicle permits: UNP MPs prefer cash grant

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Most of the United National Party (UNP) MPs have objected to the withdrawal of the duty- free vehicle permits which had been earlier issued to MPs and professionals and instead sought a cash grant for all categories, it is learnt.

The UNP conducted a workshop during the weekend for its MPs at a resort in Bentota to discuss budgetary proposals and other political matters.

Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake briefed the MPs on the budgetary proposals and pointed out that the government would lose a huge amount of revenue if such permits were issued. He said even vehicle dealers were taking undue advantage of the duty-free permits issued to the professionals and as such a cash grant would be more advisable.

The MPs also requested for the fertilizer subsidy to be continued instead of the issuance of cash vouchers to paddy cultivators.

Meanwhile, moves are afoot to amend the 2016 Budget to accommodate fresh proposals from the members of the two main parties. (Kelum Bandara)

  Comments - 21

  • Amazed Wednesday, 02 December 2015 11:49 AM

    Never Going to happen as they consider themselves the elite and privileged citizens not the modest Government servant!

    Premalal Wednesday, 02 December 2015 07:30 PM

    What a mess of a budget.

    Upul Wednesday, 02 December 2015 06:46 PM

    Very well said!Most of them are there to serve themselves, not the people they elected.

    kishan Wednesday, 02 December 2015 05:07 PM

    when MPs and ministers get official benefits as parlimentarians why they need these permits at the cost of tax payers?

    Lional Wednesday, 02 December 2015 04:34 PM

    GIABAO You are 100% correct; most of these MPs are ignorant, What can we do?

    Aquarius Wednesday, 02 December 2015 03:10 PM

    These perks should not be there in the first place. Cash grant???? Whose money is this? The poor public has to wake up everyday to see these perverts in their limousines and support vehicles ruining the daily life of everyone. Please cut back their perks, including the ridiculous retirement benefits after 5 years, and see how many will come forward purely to serve the people and the nation.

    aja Wednesday, 02 December 2015 01:52 PM

    So they increase taxes and grant benifits for the MPs we fools still vote .

    Kamal D Ranasinghe Wednesday, 02 December 2015 01:00 PM

    There we go Mr. Minister, as a Foreign Expat (but especially I have come to Sri Lanka vote for the last election), as we have no objection of issuing vehicle permits to anyone who deserves such a grant depends upon their nature of works and which is importance to the masses.But at least the issuance of those permits must come under strictest supervision of complying basic criteria required. Especially effective period of validity of the permit must be a minimum of 10 years period unless there’s any severe damage or accident occurred to the vehicle concerned, that had been condemned by the authority. If we put it simply the gap of 2 Permits issuance to the same person should be minimum 10 years period.Mr. Minister, I would like to bring this to your kind consideration that we as Expatriate Workers who are earning Foreign Exchange to the country seeking the good governance support to reinstate the Vehicle Permits issued to us that was suspended since almost 2 decades. WHICH ALSO WAS O

    naveen Wednesday, 02 December 2015 12:49 PM

    Not only MPs and professionals such as Doctors and Engineers but also given to all under executive category by issuing circulars time to time without any basis, who is resposible and accountable for revenue losses.

    daya weerasinghe Wednesday, 02 December 2015 12:34 PM

    Good governance too have to keep the goons happy.These people are in politics for one reson,for all the perks and the power they get.Its not about the country its all about them selvs and their goons.

    Premalal Wednesday, 02 December 2015 12:29 PM

    They want everything gratis.

    mohan Wednesday, 02 December 2015 07:59 AM

    Double bonus ? they know how to clear without paying duty :)

    Rabok Wednesday, 02 December 2015 11:02 AM

    Mr PM this budget is more forward looking than many we saw earlier - as a whole the % of good proposals are more than the % of bad proposals - discussing with affected parties is okay but none of the good measures should not be removed - you cannot have perfect democracy in this country and allow all the sundries to make policy decisions - please do not change the issuance of vouchers in place of materials - you can save lot - also cancel issuing duty free permits to everybody - instead increase the salaries of real professionals in par with international standards - and device methodologies to make the maximum use of these professionals - let the professional run this country not brickbats who presently occupy most of the professional slots

    Mason Wednesday, 02 December 2015 10:42 AM

    An installment to make up election expenditure. They will "EARN" more than what they spent in the five years !!!!!!

    peter Wednesday, 02 December 2015 09:17 AM

    give them a maruti or susuki car on duty free which is good enough for their govt. work.

    Naga Ramalingam Wednesday, 02 December 2015 09:12 AM

    Obviously our MPs undestanding of the bidget focuses mainly on the duty free cars to them. There are so many aspects of the budget affecting the day to day life of the people they represent. But their priority is duty free cars.

    sathees Wednesday, 02 December 2015 08:57 AM

    Fighting to share the pie. There is no public service without self serve!

    Dee Wednesday, 02 December 2015 08:57 AM

    Probably 95% of the permits of all categories ended up being sold. Check sunday papers. All persons who can well afford the duty purchased through permits. Allowance is good. Should give the allowance as per applicable market rate of permit.

    Mm Wednesday, 02 December 2015 08:42 AM

    Deiyo Saaki!! Before elections the UNP ads showed that everyone will have a chance to own a vehicle! Now it seems they referred to every MP to get one from our tax money!

    ANTON Wednesday, 02 December 2015 08:38 AM


    Giabao Wednesday, 02 December 2015 08:31 AM

    Dont they have common sense. This move will increase burden on govt. They are going to replace an "hypothesized" loss revenue with "actual expense". No one will buy vehicles at these unrealistic prices anymore. This move will actually reduce govt revenue. They do not realize govt continue to earn tax on spare parts and usually spare parts on luxury vehicles are more expensive and earn more tax than cheap plastic pieces of maruti carts. On the long term it is better to reduce tax and allow people to buy more high end cars. so they will get much more revenue. these people lack basic economic knowledge.

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