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High Court judgment was not what the government expected: PM


Nov 19, 2010

Responding to yesterday’s verdict of the High Court on the first Constitutional hearing, the Prime Minister from Sri Lanka has said that the judgment of the esteemed High Court was not what the government had expected. Lyonchhoen however said that the government has received it with humility and respect.

The Royal Government, Lyonchhoen Jigmi Y. Thinley added will now study the ruling over the next few days and see how the cause and interest of the larger sections of the society can still be served. This could either mean appealing to the Supreme Court within 10 days or pursuing a legislative course to bring about amendments in the relevant laws so as to enable government to make use of indirect taxes as an effective mechanism to respond to changing societal needs and circumstances.

The Prime Minister in his press statement also said that this is indeed a reversal for the government’s efforts to strengthen the weak tax paying culture in order that Bhutan can gradually grow out of its excessive dependence on foreign aid, especially since much of it will cease by the end of the 10th Five Year Plan.

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