People were taxed even during the time of King Parakramabahu: PM
Posted on April 7th, 2019

Yohan Perera and Athula Bandara in Anuradhapura Courtesy The Daily Mirror

People were taxed even during the time of King Parakramabahu, although it was criticized today, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said at the 52nd Aluth Sahal Mangalaya at Jaya Srimaha Bodhi in Anurdhapura this morning.

King Parakramabahu used impose tax on people, especially when harvest was high. Therefore, remember that King Parakramabahu also imposed VAT before criticising,” he said in a lighter vein.

The Prime Minister stressed Sri Lanka’s paddy production had been 3 million metric tons this year. This he said was one of the highest harvests in the history.

President Maithripala Sirisena was the chief guest of the event although he did not address the gathering.

3 Responses to “People were taxed even during the time of King Parakramabahu: PM”

  1. Dilrook Says:

    It is true King Parakramabahu the Great imposed very high taxes. But that was to upkeep a world class irrigation system and to support the war effort in Burma and South India against Tamil Cholas.

    But he didn’t allow anyone to rob state coffers, waste taxpayers’ funds on the enemy and waste it by ridiculous means.

  2. Randeniyage Says:

    If someone else were in power, it could have been even higher production.
    King Parakramabau did not sign ceasefire agreements with Tamil Cholas.
    He did not visit Thirupathy or seek blessing from Pope.

  3. Nimal Says:

    Our para kings made our people work for nothing, only the kings’ henchmen had the privileges like the boot lickers of our dirty politicians.
    Those scoundrels had a good life for themselves and the innocent people not even had a privilege of a public toilet until the colonials came where they put toilets,schools,court houses ,hospitals, etc etc, Sadly we are on the way to those dark ages, bond scandals is a stark reminder which could be the beginning of our end, the good and orderly life left behind by the last colonials.

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