Oct 06, Colombo: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Speaker Karu Jayasuriya have not obtained duty-free vehicle permits given for parliamentary members, co-cabinet spokesman and Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said.
The Minister said that several other members of parliament also have not obtained the duty free vehicle permits.
Minister Senaratne made these comments in response to a question raised by journalists during a media briefing held earlier in the week to announce the cabinet decisions.
He further said that 8000 state employees have obtained the duty-free vehicle permits and another 7000 public servants have applied for it.
Co-cabinet spokesman, Minister of Land and Land Development, Gayantha Karunathilaka said that 228 duty-free permits have been issued for Parliamentarians.
Minister Karunathilaka said he had issued these permits as the Minister of Parliamentary Reforms.
The government last month suspended issuing of vehicle permits to Members of Parliament for a period one year in order to ease the pressure on the Sri Lankan rupee.