JVP decides to stage mass protests against new VAT

VAT was increased from 11 percent to 15 percent and among the items exempted are petrol and diesel and aviation fuel as well as wheat, rice, milk powder, mobile phones and healthcare services and education.However water, telephone charges and other key items have been included in the new VAT and this has resulted in strong opposition being raised against it. (Colombo Gazette) The opposition Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) says it has decided to stage mass protests against the new Value Added Tax (VAT).JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake told reporters today the protests will be staged in Colombo while public awareness campaigns will also be staged. The new 15 percent VAT was implemented from this month but the Government insists that several items have been exempted. The JVP, which backed President Maithripala Sirisena at the last Presidential election, said that the VAT is a burden on the public.

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