Private sector demanded tax cut soon after govt. came to power: Ranil


 It was the private sector that demanded a tax cut soon after the present government came into power, Former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told Parliament today. 

"No politicaian in the government wanted a tax cut, as it was the private sector that wanted it," he said. 

The former Premier also found fault with the govenment officials and requested the minister of finance to work on his own and make his own statements in the House. "I also propose that all financial advisory committees as it is the Parliament which has power over finances," he said. 

Also Mr. Wickremesinghe requested that Srilankan airlines should be told to halt leasing of 21 new aircraft till the House gives its approval for it. 

He also praised the Minister of Finance Ali Sabry saying he has been brave enough to undertake a daunting task of reviving the country's economy.