SJB decries imposition of more taxes on the people | Daily News

SJB decries imposition of more taxes on the people

Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) National Organizer Tissa Attanayake yesterday opposed the decision taken by the Government to impose taxes on essential consumer goods including certain dry rations and imported fruits.

He said tax imposed on consumer goods cannot be tolerated by the SJB since it will be another burden on the people at a time when they are facing lots of difficulties due to the escalating prices of essential foods.

Addressing a press briefing in Colombo, Attanayake said at this moment not only the Government but also the people are facing a critical situation due to skyrocketing prices of essential foods including milk powder, rice, wheat flour, dhal, sugar, bakery products and also the sudden price hike in diesel, petrol and kerosene oil.

The SJB Parliamentarian said in addition, there is a severe shortage of milk powder, gas and diesel and imposing taxes on consumer items is another burden on the majority of the people.

Attanayake said it is clear that the Government is now trying to impose taxes on ordinary people to recover the massive tax concessions of over Rs. 600 billion granted to their close associates who helped them during their last election campaign.

Attanayake further said that the top Government officials have no feelings for the people and the majority of these people were the ones who had elected them into power.

He also urged the Government to refrain from imposing taxes on essential food items at this crucial moment when large number of people have lost their incomes due to loss of employment.

The SJB Parliamentarian further said as a responsible Government that was elected to power by the majority of low-income families, especially daily wage earners, they should not put such burdens by increasing prices.

He also expressed serious concern over the current diesel prices and said it has badly affected all sectors including passenger transport services, vegetable and fish transport services, and groups such as fisher families, industrialists, manufacturers, etc.



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