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Sunday, 07 August 2016 - 14:09
Government executive officers protest over duty-free vehicle permit circulars
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The Joint Committee of Executive Officers in All Island Services claim that the circular issued by the Finance Ministry on duty free vehicles offered for government workers contains errors.

The Committee consists of doctors, engineers, Ayurveda doctors, veterinarians, surveyors and Technical Executive officers.

Addressing a media briefing held in Colombo today, the Chairman of the committee Nimal Karunasiri noted that if the errors in the circular are not rectified, they would resort to trade union action.

The relevant circular was issued by the Finance Ministry on July 14th ,  and contained revisions for the scheme which offers duty free vehicles for government workers.

Accordingly, government officers, Executive grade officers attached to state corporations and constitutional institutes, doctors, lawyers, university chancellors, lecturers, as well as Executive Grade officers of non-academic staff can apply for the duty free vehicles, upon completion of 6 years of service.

One officer can obtain a maximum of 2 licenses.

The 2nd license can be obtained 10 years after obtaining the first license.

The applicants can obtain a duty free vehicle with a maximum value limited to 30 thousand US dollars, under 50 percent tax concession. 

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