The opposition today urged the government to immediately withdraw the Gazette Notification that included a 25 percent surcharge on the Employees Provident Fund through a draft bill.
Parliamentarian Harsha de Silva speaking in Parliament today said stern action will be taken if the draft bill is not withdrawn.
He said the EPF is being tapped into by the government as they lack funds for the ‘100,000 Projects’ rural development programme.
MP de Silva said Rs.100 billion is required for this programme.
He said the first rally focused on this programme was organised at the Salgadu Ground in Anuradhapura yesterday and charged that the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna brought busloads of people for the gathering.
The Parliamentarian said Sri Lanka’s biggest fund, the EPF amounting to Rs.3 trillion, is money saved by the public for their future and charged the government of using people’s funds for projects.
Therefore, the Parliamentarian said the Samagi Jana Balawegaya and other political parties are opposed to the surcharge tax imposed on the EPF and called for the Gazette Notification to be reversed.