The Samagi Jana Balawegaya says a sugar crisis would not have occurred had a forensic investigation been conducted with the revelation of the Rs.16 billion fraud reported during sugar imports.
Parliamentarian JC Alawathuwala speaking at a media briefing today said, a year has passed since the sugar fraud was revealed adding that the crisis arose with the government reducing the tax on sugar from Rs.50 to Rs.0.25.
He questioned if the government’s decision to slash taxes benefited the public, adding that the public is merely being deceived repeatedly.
MP Alawathuwala added, despite repeated requests the government failed to conduct an investigation and instead provided various excuses.
He claimed the government must now reacquire the losses that were incurred as a result of the tax concessions provided to allies.
The MP said the government must be mindful of the public and not businessmen when reaching decisions.
He added the government continues to issue Gazettes similar to putting plasters on wounds instead of addressing the matter at hand.
The Parliamentarian claimed the actions of the government also led to Sathosa incurring losses, by purchasing sugar at higher prices and selling at Rs.85.