The government’s decision to import tax-free vehicles including several SUVs to be utilized by Ministers & MPs has resurfaced following a brief hiatus.
The matter was taken up for discussion during a Parliamentary group meeting of the government headed by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa yesterday (25).
The government’s stance with regard to importing the batch of vehicles against the backdrop of COVID19 in Sri Lanka was raised during a media briefing held at the SLPP Headquarters in Battaramulla.
Responding General Secretary of the SLPP, MP Sagara Kariyawasam said that a new stock of tax would not be imported, but instead a suspended decision had been taken up for discussion during the Parliamentary group meeting.
Kariyawasam said that Ministers & MP themselves who had urged the government to suspend the import of vehicles had urged the President to reconsider importing the batch of vehicles for their use.
Newshub.lk/en on May 20, 2021 exposed the incumbent government’s plans to import 399 vehicles including 227 luxury Land Cruiser SUVs under the Bank of Ceylon’s Rs. 3.5 billion leasing facility despite the current ban on importing vehicles to Sri Lanka.
The letter of credit for the importation of these vehicles was opened on the 29th of April, 2021.