Addressing a gathering in the South, Prime Minister Rajapaksa rejected reports in several media outlets that the Government has taken a decision to reduce the high interest rates for accounts of senior citizens.
“As Finance Minister, I should have been the first to know if such a move was afloat. Therefore, I was really surprised to read about such a purported move by the Government in a newspaper and immediately inquired from the Treasury Secretary, who reassured me that no such decision has been taken at any level of the Government,” the Prime Minuster said.
He said such mischievous and inaccurate reports are being circulated by certain media outlets and Opposition political parties with the aim of affecting the SLPP’s electoral fortunes on August 5.
“There is no change in this programme. It will continue uninterrupted.”
Higher Education, Technology, Innovation and Information & Mass Media Minister Dr. Bandula Gunawardena also dismissed reports that the Government had withdrawn the income tax concessions given to senior citizens on interest income.