The opposition says inflation will increase further following the decision by the government to float the rupee.
Speaking during a media briefing in Colombo today Parliamentarian Rohini Kumari Wijerathna said although the government decided to allow the rupee to depreciate and maintain it at a rate of Rs.230 per dollar, salaries of state sector workers have not been increased nor has the income of businesspeople improved.
MP Wijerathna noted the rapid depreciation of the rupee will see prices of all goods increasing, which will further burden the people.
She noted women are the most affected by the spike in inflation and due to the current state of the country.
MP Wijerathna added that women cannot source milk powder, rice and other essentials to feed children.
She said without diesel and petrol, they cannot commute to work either and they are also affected by the fertiliser crisis which has depleted incomes.
MP Rohini Kumari Wijerathna noted the present government vowed to strengthen laws to protect women at the workplace, which have not materialized either.
She said women continue to be discriminated at workplaces while the present government is not interested in addressing issues faced by women.