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May 01, 2018

Buddha statues exempted from Rs. 3.2 m tax Featured

Finance minister Mangala Samaraweera has ordered the director general of customs to release 1,000 Buddha statues without charging a custom levy.

The Customs Department had previously imposed a Rs. 3.2 million tax on these Buddha statues.

Minister Sajith Premadasa raised the matter with the finance minister last night (30).
A delegation of Chinese Buddhists had planned to distribute the Buddha statues yesterday to temples in difficult areas.

Meanwhile, the Customs Department had not received any request from chief incumbent of Mihintale Rajamaha Vihara Ven. Valavahengunawewe Dhammaratana Thera who had got these Buddha statues brought into the country, or anyone else, to exempt the Buddha statues from Customs levies.

The Thera told the media yesterday that when attempts were made to get the Buddha statues cleared at the Customs, they were shown a circular and a Rs 3.2 million tax was demanded.

The Chinese delegation was saddened by this sorry plight in Sri Lanka, he said, as they had not faced such a situation when they had distributed Buddha statues in India, Bhutan and Nepal.

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