Oct 26, Colombo: Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) says the government should take measures in the 2014 budget to either increase the salaries of the working masses or to reduce taxes.
UNP parliamentarian R. Yogarajan says the ordinary people are burdened by taxes that amount to around 40 percent.
Explaining that the current taxes paid by the working people is far too much and they could not sustain such high amounts with their earnings, the MP noted that the government has also imposed taxes on business people and therefore, taxes on ordinary people could be reduced.
According to Yogarajan, the government should pay attention to providing relief to the ordinary people by granting them a decent salary increase or reduce taxes.
He added that trade unions should also look into this aspect and make such demands.