Customs unions urge Mahanayakes to educate govt leaders on dangers in new Act



By Cyril Wimalasurendre


KANDY: A team of Customs officials, who are members of the Customs Trade Unions Forum yesterday (27), urged the Mahanayake Theras of Malwatte and Asgiriya to educate the government leaders on the ill-effects of the proposed Customs Act.


 The team of the senior officials of the Customs Department told the prelates that some provisions of the proposed new ordinance were favourable to racketeers and discouraged Customs officers from carrying out their duties and functions.


 Citing examples the Senior Customs officers said that under the existing laws possessing two grams of heroin was an offence punishable by death, but under the new ordinance the punishment for that offence was only six months in jail. Meanwhile, the powers of the Customs officers had been greatly curtailed, the unionists told the prelates.


 The allocations of funds for health, education and other welfare services to the people would be affected when the government revenue was lost due to the new Act, the officers told the Mahanayakes 


Most Venerable Tibbatuwawe Sri Siddhartha Sumangala Mahanayake Thera of Malwatte and Most Venerable Warakagoda Sri Gnanaratana Mahanayake Thera of Asgiriya informed the Customs delegation that they would contact the relevant politicians.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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