Govt. of Good Governance spent Rs. 2.8 Bn on luxury vehicles, Johnston reveals
Posted on February 7th, 2020

Courtesy Ada Derana

The Government of Good Governance had splashed Rs.2.8 billion on luxury vehicles during its tenure, according to a revelation made during today’s parliamentary session.

Minister Johnston Fernando gave an elaborated explanation on the matter to the House, adding that the highest spender was former President Maithripala Sirisena.

He also criticized JVP Parliamentarian Anura Kumara Dissanayake for backing such a government with such extravagant spending.

Accordingly, Rs. 1.65 billion has been spent on vehicles for ministers and their ministries, while another Rs. 625.85 million was spent on vehicles for state ministers.

It was also revealed that Rs. 564.99 million has reportedly been allocated for the vehicles for deputy ministers.

The staggering revelation mentioned that former President Sirisena had spent the highest sum on vehicles under the Ministry of Defence. Accordingly, he has imported a total of 9 vehicles worth Rs. 328.9 million, two bulletproof vehicles worth Rs. 151 million and two BMW X5’s totalling to Rs. 104 million.

Former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, in the meantime, had imported a Lan Cruiser V8 worth Rs. 42 million. Former Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Rajitha Senaratne has spent Rs. 39 million, also on a Toyota Land Cruiser V8.

Former Minister Ravi Karunanayake has purchased a Mercedes Benz worth Rs. 411 million while Vijayakala Maheswaran imported a Diesel-powered Land Cruiser worth Rs. 42 million.

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