The JVP has expressed regret over the government’s decision to amend the care package provided to families who are directed to self-isolate at home.
Speaking to media, former JVP parliamentarian Sunil Handunnetti questioned the government on its basis for assumptions of how a family that is directed to self-isolate for 14 days will generate sufficient revenue to pay for their essentials.
The former MP said people are burdened with the high cost of living and are also facing the mass effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
He said the government has slashed concessions provided to the public, although it functions off taxpayers money.
Handunnetti quoted a circular issued by Assistant Secretary to the President Anton Perera, which states the Cabinet decided to provide the Rs.10,000 care package to families in self isolation, only to those identified as low-income earners.
He questioned the stance on distributing the package and why it is segregated based on wealth, and not on health condition.
Former JVP parliamentarian Sunil Handunnetti also warned of a pharmaceutical mafia coming to light with recent events, where data within the government storage of classified information on medicine had been erased.
The former MP said procurement details and ingredients of certain medication which have been stored in a secure government server, with access to only four people, were erased.
He called on the government to name those responsible, as it is a matter of national security.