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Revise tax policy to help people affected by virus crisis … Anura


Leader of the JVP, Anura Kumara Dissanayake has urged the government to revise its tax policy to help people who are affected by loss of employment and income due to the coronavirus crisis.

Leader of the JVP, Anura Kumara Dissanayake made the request addressing the media at the party headquarters, in Pelawatte. Speaking to the media, Anura said:

"The most recent survey reports indicate that there would be around 25 per cent loss of jobs in the industrial sector. If we go by the figures for 2018, the actual figure of 25 percent in the number of workers in the industrial sector is 365,980. Around 360,000 persons in the industrial sector are likely to lose their jobs because of the COVID-19 crisis. That is nearly 178,000 persons in that sector losing jobs.

It has been estimated that around 1,113,000 persons, in all sectors, will lose their jobs, this year. Already around 200,000 have lost their jobs in shops and offices. People now feel the heat of the economic downturn due to the coronavirus crisis. The government should find ways and means of helping them survive.

Instead, the government has introduced a new tax policy to facilitate the exploitation of the public further. Oil prices, in the world market, have come down to the lowest ever recorded in the past 25-30 years. But the government does not pass the benefit of the plummeting oil prices on to the people."







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