In the backdrop of the masses being slapped with back to back tax increases, the Government has sought parliamentary approval for a whopping Rs. 1.1 billion to purchase 32 brand new luxury vehicles for the use of ministers, and deputy ministers.
In the list presented by Chief Government Whip Gayantha Karunathilake on behalf of Minister Finance on Tuesday, Ministers Sarath Fonseka and Mahinda Samarasinghe were allocated Rs. 70 million each to purchase luxury vehicles.
The other ministers whose name was in the list were; Vajira Abyewardena to purchase two cars for Rs. 98,000,000, including one for his Deputy Minister Nimal Lanza. Rs. 91,000,000 has been allocated for Harin Fernando and his deputy minister Tharanath Basnayake, while Rs 35,000,000 each was allocated for Ministers Rauff Hakeem, Wijith V Zoysa, Ranjith Siyambalapitiya, and P. Digambaram.
A further Rs 56,000,000 each has been allocated for Deputy Ministers Lasantha Alagiyawanna, and Arundika Fernando while Rs. Rs. 28,000,000 has been allocated each for Deputy Ministers Manusha Nanayakkara, and Indika Bandaranayake, while another Rs. 27,500,000 has been allocated for Deputy Minister Susantha Punchinilame to purchase a car.