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2017-08-12

Minister of Special Assignments Sarath Amunugama said certain acts should be amended to better suit the present context.

Speaking to media in Kandy the Minister said the existence of acts dated over a century ago have led to complications.

The Minister added the acts in place are from a different time altogether.

Minister Samarasinghe noted he made a request to President Maithripala Sirisena to look into the matter and bring about amendments that better suit the present to avoid crime and corruption and delays in judicial proceedings among other concerns.

The Minister also addressed queries pertaining to the new tax act, saying it will be tabled in Parliament as a draft.

Minister Amunugama said the entirety of Parliament will be able to read the draft and discuss its pro’s and con’s.

Minister Amunugama said furthermore the government and the opposition can table amendments to the draft.

The Minister said if the JVP has found a fault with the act they can table a suitable amendment in Parliament which will in turn be brought up for discussion as it is evident in history that suitable proposals have been accepted by the government.