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Sri Lanka finance minister queries computerisation delay at tax department

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lankan finance minister Ravi Karunanayake said he was mystified with the delay by the Inland Revenue Department to get new computers required to modernise the tax collection system.

The requirement had arisen and approval given over one year ago, he told a news conference. “We told them to get computers on an operating lease as it is cheaper,” he said. “But, for some reason, this has dragged on.”

Security concerns raised by the tax department over information leaks when maintenance on leased computers is done by outside parties had been sorted out with advice from the government’s Information and Communication Technology Agency, Karunanayake said.

“We want to modernise the Inland Revenue Department. We are asking them to get new computers, but they are rejecting it, why I’ don’t know,” he said, adding that he suspects corruption in the delay. (COLOMBO, April 13, 2017)

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