Harin hails Mangala for eliminating telecom levy on data services
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