Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and his government came under heavy criticism for their shortsightedness and for continuing to burden the public with revised taxes. Chief Opposition Whip and Leader of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), Anura Kumara Dissanayake declared that with the revision of the Value Added Tax (VAT), the government has shown that it is not only incapable of preparing a budget, but is incompetent to run the country.
Speaking in Parliament last week, Dissanayake also noted that the manner in which the VAT was increased was improper. “The Prime Minister cannot just come to Parliament and announce that VAT is going to be increased from May 2. There is a procedure to follow. This government came into power promising democracy, but they are not even practicing that in Parliament,” he said.
Dissanayake said that it was obvious that the government was so short sighted that by December they did not realize that they will require additional income. “They got a two third majority for the national budget, and now they just make announcements and incorporate VAT revisions, as and when they please. No one approved this VAT revision. This should immediately be stopped and taken up for debate,” he said.
Dissanayake said that Wickremesinghe does not have the authority to come to Parliament and announce tax revisions according to his whims and fancies.
“The government is so incapable – they can’t even prepare a proper budget, by December they don’t know they will need taxes. They have proved they are incapable of running the country,” he said.