What the so-called ‘good governance’ has done by increasing the prices of fuel is displaying the ‘petroleum beggar’ to earn money for the government says the Information Secretary of the JVP Vijitha Herath.
He said this speaking at a press conference held at the head office of the JVP today (15th). The Member of the Political Bureau of the JVP K.D. Lal Kantha and Central Committee Member Wasantha Samarasinghe were also present.
Mr Herath emphasized that not only fuel but throughout the 2 ½ years of the ‘yahapalana’ government has increased the prices of essential food items including that of milk powder, gas, dhal, sugar as well as bus fare, rail fare, container fare etc. He said the prices of essential commodities of the family were increased on two occasions.
The increase in prices of goods is mainly due to the increase in taxes and this income directly goes to the government and despite increasing the prices of fuel stating it is to salvage the unprofitable Petroleum Corporation, the funds from increasing fuel prices would not reach the Corporation but would go to the government coffers said Mr Herath. As such, it is the government that is benefitted from the price increase he pointed out.
Despite the government stating taxes are collected for the welfare of the people, what happens is it is wasted for the luxuriant lives of the rulers emphasized the Information Secretary of the JVP.
He pointed out that the Rs.600 million spent to buy two bulletproof vehicles for the Prime Minister or the wasteful money spent as rent for the building for the Ministry of Agriculture is from the money the poor people pay as taxes for kerosene and other goods.
It was emphasized that the building for the Ministry of Agriculture is not been used for any useful purposes though a large amount is being paid as its rent.