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Cabinet to pause vehicle imports, decides to repair 4116 state vehicles


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The Cabinet has decided to temporarily suspend the import of vehicles for a period of one year as there is a sufficient stock prevailing in the country to meet requirements, Cabinet spokesman and Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said.

Addressing the weekly Cabinet media briefing the Minister said that the cabinet had decided not to import vehicles for the time being.

Meanwhile, Cabinet spokesman and Minister Dr. Ramesh Pathirana said 4,116 vehicles would be in working condition after minor repairs while a total of 5,588 vehicles owned by state institutions were identified to be disposable.

A Cabinet decision had been taken to hand over these vehicles after repairs to state institutions which require vehicles, he said.

Accordingly, the Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal submitted by the Minister of Finance for allocation of provisions from the Department of National Budget at the occasions in which the relevant institutions lack allocations to repair the vehicles profitable to be utilized after reparation, for transferring the vehicles so repaired through the Comptroller General's office under the Ministry of Finance to the state institutions lack sufficient number of vehicles as well as for discarding the irreparable vehicles subject to the formal methodology.


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  Comments - 7

  • DJ Thursday, 03 September 2020 12:01 PM

    This has being the bane of our country for a long time. Politicians never cared for the peoples money

    Jehan Thursday, 03 September 2020 02:57 PM

    eye wash, the new S500 has been ordered,

    Jeeves Thursday, 03 September 2020 03:23 PM

    Very sensible and wise move by present cabinet to minimise expenditure of public money!

    J K WIJEDASA Thursday, 03 September 2020 05:22 PM

    This should have been done 10 years ago. Great move.

    Rex Friday, 04 September 2020 04:42 AM

    GREAT idea this can be a big saving Get the vehicles properly repaired and clean NOTTHING WRONG IN IT REUSING THSESE VEHICLES

    Sambo Friday, 04 September 2020 07:22 AM

    We have plenty or more vehicles on our roads. Ban the import of vehicles for another 5 years.

    Gamini Ranjan Wijesinghe Tuesday, 08 September 2020 11:02 AM

    It would be much appreciated if importing of new vehicles banned at least for another 10 years especially for Parliamentarians. Let the government save that money for the benefit of the people with a lower income.

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