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Former PC members get tax-free cars

Former members of the provincial councils will be eligible to import vehicles, without having to pay import duty, if they served for more than 36 months, according to the Daily Mirror.

"Despite the general public reeling under the rising living costs, Cabinet endorsed a proposal yesterday to allow former provincial council members, who had served for more than two and half years, but were not elected this time, to import duty free vehicles," the Sri Lankan daily reported.

Sitting members are already exempt from paying the high tax on vehicle imports.

The government issues the duty free permits to parliamentarians every 5 years, but the majority of MPs sell the permits for up to Rs150 million, a practice which has also been approved by parliament.

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