The Opposition says the government does not have a solid plan to provide relief to nearly eight to nine million daily wage earners who have lost their income due to the imposition of the quarantine curfew.
Speaking during a media briefing this morning, Parliamentarian Tissa Attanayake said the government was attempting to keep the country open despite expert advice, citing economic issues.
MP Attanayake said the President has indicated that the government hesitantly took the decision to impose a lockdown.
He said the President through his address to the nation also called on the public to be prepared to make bigger sacrifices if the lockdown was extended further.
MP Tissa Attanayake said through such statements, the President and the government are indicating that prices of essential commodities will rise; the unemployment rate will increase while the foreign exchange crisis will also worsen.
MP Attanayake said it is a serious concern and noted that as an elected government the present administration should provide solutions to the issues instead of presenting explanations and excuses before the public.
He also noted that the current state of the country is not merely due to the coronavirus pandemic but also owing to the mismanagement and inefficiencies within the government.
Parliamentarian Tissa Attanayake added that the government was arrogant due to its absolute majority in Parliament and took arbitrary decisions.
He said the measures taken by the government failed and therefore the country and the people are suffering at present. MP Tissa Attanayake said the government was unwilling to listen to the suggestions and recommendations of the opposition or health experts.
He said the present administrations even disregarded the advice of international organizations that were providing their inputs to control the pandemic.
He called on the government to shed aside party and ideological differences and formulate a common programme to address the current crisis.
Parliamentarian Tissa Attanayake said they are not calling for the appointment of a national government but requesting those in power to accept the proposals of all factions who are willing to extend their support to end the COVID-19 crisis.
He said if the government agrees to take sensible decisions, the country will be able to come out of this current crisis soon.