President Maithripala Sirisena said that the current methods of tax collections should be more efficient and systematic for the development of national economy.
The statement was made during the address of 16th annual meeting of commissioners Association of Inland Revenue held at the Kingsbury Hotel (April 6).
State income which has to be collected through State Institutions, certain private companies and investment projects have made several issues regarding the failures of such institutes, said President. President also said in order to improve the citizen’s life style, and create a prosperous economy for them, everyone must fulfil their duties and responsibilities.
To improve the quality of tax collection in Sri Lanka, number of foreign training sessions to be introduced to the staff members as the President mentioned.
At this occasion Mr. President expressed his gratitude to appreciate the support given by the Inland Revenue which is acting as the blood supply of the heart of state economy.
While addressing the meeting, President gave his attention to the issue of not appointing Additional Secretaries to Inland Revenue since 2007 and suggested to recruit vacant positions immediately for the fulfilment of expected productivity of the government.
Issues with regards to the Tax Act and new appointments to the department will be discussed after the Sinhala and Tamil New Year.
An Award plaque was presented to Retired Senior Commissioner, Mr. P.G.K Samarathunga by the President at this occasion.
Minister of Finance, Mr. Ravi Karunanayake, State Minister, Mr. Lakshman Yapa Abeywardhana, Commissioner of The Inland Revenue Department, Mrs. Kalyani Dahanayake, President of Commissioners’ Association of The Inland Revenue Department, Mr. Mahinda Gunaweera and other members participated at the event.