JMC loses Rs 25M in tax revenue
Jaffna Municipal Commissioner R.T. Jeyaseelan said the Jaffna Municipal Council (JMC) suffered a loss of Rs 25 million in revenue from taxes collected from shops set up during the Nallur Kanthaswamy Kovil festival season this year,.
He told Ceylon Today annually for the past decade, the JMC has been earning good money from taxes collected from the shops put up during festival season.
“The 25-day festival in Nallur is the biggest revenue provider to the JMC within this period. Falling in line with the preventive measures taken with regard to COVID-19, not a single outlet including peanut vendors who are popular among the devotees gathering at the Kovil, were allowed to function at the Kovil premises this year. A significant number of traders from the South also arrive to sell various types of goods during the festival season. Due to the stringent COVID-19 preventive measures in place, all sorts of big and small business activities were completely banned in and around the Kovil premises,” Jayaseelan said.
He also added previously the JMC gave permission for more than 300 big and small business outlets to be set up on the streets of the Nallur Kovil premises.
Devotees have been requested to strictly follow the health sector guidelines and those who arrived on the Kovil premises have been asked to carry their identity cards. Unlike in the past, the Kovil management has also deployed its volunteers to ensure that the health sector guidelines were strictly followed inside and outside the Kovil premises, he added.