Sorry, no doctors. They're on strike over tax perks for their cars

A woman waiting for treatment at an empty government hospital in Colombo, Sri Lanka, yesterday. Thousands of doctors in the country's state-run hospitals went on strike yesterday to demand that the government reinstate their right to import cars tax-
A woman waiting for treatment at an empty government hospital in Colombo, Sri Lanka, yesterday. Thousands of doctors in the country's state-run hospitals went on strike yesterday to demand that the government reinstate their right to import cars tax-free after the perk was withdrawn in the 2016 Budget. Sri Lanka imposes import taxes of between 200 and 300 per cent on cars, but government workers have always been able to buy them at concessionary rates. The finance ministry said last month it was abolishing the special car permits because it was costing the state too much money.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

A woman waiting for treatment at an empty government hospital in Colombo, Sri Lanka, yesterday. Thousands of doctors in the country's state-run hospitals went on strike yesterday to demand that the government reinstate their right to import cars tax-free after the perk was withdrawn in the 2016 Budget. Sri Lanka imposes import taxes of between 200 and 300 per cent on cars, but government workers have always been able to buy them at concessionary rates. The finance ministry said last month it was abolishing the special car permits because it was costing the state too much money.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 04, 2015, with the headline 'Sorry, no doctors. They're on strike over tax perks for their cars'. Print Edition | Subscribe