Harin hails Man­gala for elim­i­nat­ing tele­com levy on data ser­vices

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - LATE CITY -

Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion and Dig­i­tal In­fra­struc­ture Min­is­ter Harin Fer­nando yes­ter­day paid trib­ute to Fi­nance and Mass Me­dia Min­is­ter Man­gala Sa­ma­raweera for re­mov­ing the Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions Levy on pre-paid data ser­vices.

“The Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions Levy on data ser­vices was re­moved with ef­fect from Septem­ber 1, 2017. Thank God for that,” Fer­nando said. He said that he was afraid of be­ing crit­i­cized for pro­mot­ing dig­i­tal­iza­tion while tax­ing such ser­vices. “For­tu­nately for us, we were able to get that out when the new Fi­nance Min­is­ter took up of­fice. We were able to con­vince him to leave it out,” Fer­nando said.

Sa­ma­raweera took up the port­fo­lio of Fi­nance and Mass Me­dia this May in a Cab­i­net reshuf­fle, which saw For­mer Fi­nance Min­is­ter Ravi Karunanayake tak­ing up Sa­ma­raweera’s for­mer port­fo­lio of For­eign Af­fairs.

Harin Fer­nando Pic by Kith­siri De Mel

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