The JVP held an agitation against government’s decision to impose Value Added Tax (VAT) that burdens masses. The Leader s of the JVP and a large crowd participated.
The General Secretary of the JVP Tilvin Silva, its National Organizer Bimal Rathnayaka and the Member of the Political Bureau K.D. Lal Kantha addressed the people.
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It is stated that the government has lost Rs. 55850 million from direct biddings alone when buying Treasury bonds by the company owned by the son-in-laws of the former Governor of Central Bank of Sri Lanka Arjun Mahendran.
The profit the company has gained from this exercise is reported as Rs.14450 million. Economists have calculated this amount from reports presented by the Central Bank and the Auditor General on the bond scam.
It is reported that the indirect loss due to the transaction is about Rs. 150,000 million.
The report compiled by COPE on the Central Bank bond transaction was to be presented in Parliament today (25th) but it would not be presented today due to a translation and printing issue said the Chairman of COPE JVP Parliamentarian Sunil Handunneththi in Parliament today.
However, it would be presented in the course of this week he added.
Mr. Handunneththi said COPE will meet tomorrow to discuss the final report after which the report will be presented to Parliament.
The Chief Whip of the Opposition JVP Leader Anura Dissanayaka said 8 of the 13 COPE members who met on the 21st agreed to the report and placed their signatures and 3 members put their signatures today.
He said COPE is bound to present the report passed by a majority of COPE members. Parliamentarians Ajith P. Perera, Wimal Weerawansa and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe took part in the debate.