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PM tells House

Vehicle permits for public servants once in 10 years

Subjected to a maximum two permits
Vehicle permits not the only issue faced by public servants

Public servants entitled to a vehicle permit will be given permits once in 10 years and subjected to a maximum of two permits, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told Parliament yesterday.

He said that it was impossible to grant vehicle permits once every five years as the vehicle congestion in the country specially in the Western Province was so high.

He added that there should be a control over this issue and they expected to find a solution within two years.

The Prime Minister made these observations yesterday joining the Committee Stage (Third Reading) Debate under 22 financial Heads including that of the President, Prime Minister's Office, Cabinet of Ministers, Superior Court Judges, Auditor General etc. Questioned by Chief Opposition Whip Anura Kumara Dissanayake if the public servants who are to be recruited from January 2016 too will be entitled to this facility, the Prime Minister said it was a right enjoyed by the public servants who are currently in service. He added that the matter can be solved by way of discussion.

"Now there are a number of people who have opened LCs to import vehicles before the budget was presented in Parliament. Vehicles of some have arrived, while those of others' are in the Port" , Dissanayake said. " Will you grant them some relief since most of them would have to face financial hardship due to the proposed tax changes?".

"We can consider this request and let us discuss this matter with the Finance Minister, before we come to a conclusion", the Prime Minister said. "But, we have to solve many problems of the public servants other than their vehicle permits issue. So give us some time and we would take proper measures, the Premier assured."


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