Protests as Sri Lanka cuts tax on sugary drinks

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Colombo- Sri Lanka on Saturday cut tax on sugary drinks in a controversial reversal of an anti-diabetes policy that attracted immediate criticism.

The finance ministry ordered a immediate effective 40 percent reduction in the levy, tax cuts were widely criticized, the decision was based on changing public opinion as a bitter power struggle intensifies.

Health campaigners and former minister said the government made the wrong decision, saying it hampers the fight of obesity and diabetes.

Health lobbyist Dhanya Wijesuriya took to Twitter to slam the authorities for making sugary drinks cheaper.

In the Sri Lankan political spectrum, they have been gripped by a constitutional showdown between President Maithripala Sirisena and his fired prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe who has refused to vacate his office.

Health lobbyist Dhanya Wijesuriya took to Twitter to share their complete displeasure of making sugary drinks cheaper.

“This is insane,” Wijesuriya said of the decision. “How self serving. No vision,” he added.

Former health minister Rajitha Senaratne described the tax cut as “irresponsible”.

Photo credit- Gulf Times

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