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Income tax rate reduced

The new government has decided to bring down income tax rate from 24 percent to 18 percent. Information Technology would be released from all types of taxes. The government has reduced the National Building, Capital Gains Tax, Withholding Tax and Value Added Tax.

We must thank the government for reducing these taxes.

By forcing the people so much of taxes, what has the previous government has done.

I think the former government used that money for the following purposes:

For their foreign trips. President, Prime Minister, Ministers and Members of Parliament and Provincial Councils. It is interesting to do an analysis and see the amount they wasted.

For unnecessary ceremonies. See the number of foundation stone laying ceremonies. Number of opening ceremonies. All these are wastage of tax payers’ money.

For various type of bogus compensations. Millions and millions of money was paid as bogus compensation for their party supporters. A leader of a political party was paid a huge amount. All this is criminal wastage of public funds.

Very large amount of tax payers’ money was wasted by purchasing brand new luxury vehicles for politicians. Duty free tax concession was given to various powerful people. All this is misuse of public funds. Large amount of tax payers’ money was wasted for government propaganda. This is criminal wastage of funds. We thank the present government for reducing these very unfair and foolish taxes.

D. Weeratunga


Unenviable task ahead

Congratulations President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa!

Ahead lies an unenviable task in rebuilding the image and financial constraints, of our country. I, at 88, went and voted though the voting premises were not very convenient, no arrangements had been thought of, for the disabled and aged.

My wife, at 86, returned without voting as the two steps were so narrow. She could not place the walker.

We are aware that the commissioner of elections could not have visited all the polling booths. However these places would have been selected earlier and the respective selected presiding officers should have visited and seen that the aged and infirm were reasonably accommodated.

Now back to this monumental task, I note that the president, though not a seasoned politician has spelt out very logical and practical ideologies and gradually is laying a foundation for a stable country and bringing back our lost integrity and image.

He will have impediments from the average politicians, as they are not accustomed to discipline and integrity.

But we hope and pray that he will pursue his vision and leaving behind the dark moments this country went through and have the patience to deliver on what he has promised, an equal country for all its citizens.

Walter Fernando


Massive traffic congestion between Wellawatta and Dehiwela

In the evenings after 5 p.m. there is a massive traffic build-up in between Wellawatta and beginning of Dehiwela up to the former William Grinding Mill, now Dhammika Motors Junction.

This is due to traffic coming from Kalubowila to Galle Road and Marine Drive traffic coming into Galle Road.

Even the Kalubowila Road ending at Galle Road and the Marine Drive approach to Galle Road have long line of traffic build-ups. Vehicles passing this junction are stuck for nearly half an hour in the traffic wasting much valuable fuel and costing the economy as well. We wish relevant authorities take action in reliving the commuters of this misery.

C. Silva


EC Mahinda Deshapriya deserves Ramon Magsaysay Award

I strongly feel that our Election Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya should be entitled to the Ramon Magsaysay Award, Asia’s premier prize, for his invaluable, transformative and dynamic role he played in respect of the seventh Presidential Election which was conducted very peacefully under his leadership.

At the same time, Sri Lanka deserves entry in the Guinness Book of records because there were thirty five aspirants for the post of President. Hope that the relevant authorities will take the necessary steps to ensure that we get these awards which we truly deserve.

Mohamed Zahran


Laudable steps by President for a bright future!

I appreciate President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s immediate action of deploying the three armed forces, the Army, Navy and the Air Force to maintain public order across the country which the masses mainly requested from him during his election campaign. We noticed that in every meeting the people reiterated the country’s security which was badly deteriorated in the past. Particularly as a Muslim I am very happy and feeling safe as his first step to ensure security for all.

If this has been done at least two days before the Easter Sunday attacks several valuable lives would have been saved.

The ex-President and the ex-Prime Minister should bear the responsibility of the predicament of the innocent lives lost in the bomb attack and the severely injured. Then his revamping of his previously conducted environment cleaning programme was most welcome and most laudable and now the Colombo city has been beautified. Another important election pledge he made to reduce the VAT and NBT tax to 8% has also been fulfilled.

Now, we all hope a better peaceful Sri Lanka under his able leadership.

ZAM Shukoor


Saving for a rainy day

We as a people seem dazzled by egalitarian rhetoric. We like equality and think there should be equality in society instead of some being rich and others poor. We think it is unfair for society to have some only rich whereas the large mass is poor. But what if the rich have acquired their riches fairly and without cheating or defrauding others but by saving a part of their income instead of spending all of it, then is there reason to decry the wealth so accumulated.

Do we applaud the spendthrift and decry the saver as a miser. Some may spend their entire income while others may save for a rainy day or for coping with old age when they cannot work. Which is better and to be appreciated? Those who save a part of their income for their future welfare or for facing a sudden contingent loss such as loss of occupation due to ill-health or the spendthrift who spends all his income. If the saver is preferred and appreciated then inequality will continue or even worse. So is it unfair if the inequality is the result of people who have saved instead of spending all their income? Should society give regard to those who save from their incomes and accumulate savings which can be converted to material goods through purchases in the market?

The Capitalist ethic is based on similar reasoning. But then it does not promote equality. Don’t we value equality? But which do we value more? Equality or the ethic of saving? So let us value the saver and reward him if we want others too to follow him for the mere holding of savings in the form of money and locking it up in a safe.

But it doesn’t promote equality. So which must rank higher in value? I think it should be savings which is more valuable to society. So the egalitarian rhetoric needs to be played down vis-a-vis the promotion of savings.

RMB Senanayake

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