New vehicle prices as of April, 2012. Compiled by Gossip Lanka.
Gossip Lanka has published a list of actual vehicle prices after the recent price hike. It’s both enlightening and terrifying, as embedded above. What really grates, however, is that the government is continuing to offer ‘privileged imports’ to certain people, like CEOs, local government members, and professional. Since it’s an application process, this inevitably goes to the connected. There’s a saying that the hand with the spoon serves itself first. While average people are struggling to buy a Maruti, it’s really not cool.
The government is so bloated and already spends so much money for dubious ministries on vehicles. As I wrote before:
I’m not saying that the government doesn’t need vehicles. I’m just not sure we need this much government. The Minister of Plantations spent 28 million on vehicles, the Minister of Livestock spent 11.65 million, the Minister of Lands spent 5.3 million and the Minister of Public Management spent 25 million. Meanwhile, the Minister of Productivity spent 44.8 million on vehicles and international travel. (Government Spending On Vehicles)
Add to this the amount of catchers using connections to get permits and it’s a truly repulsive and voracious elite. And they’re doing it in public, we can see the cars on the street. If the government is forcing average people to tighten their belts, they and the connected should tighten their belts too. It’s only fair, and they appear unfair at their own peril.