The JVP says the government must be ashamed of its inability to control the rising prices of essential consumer goods.
Speaking during a media briefing former JVP Parliamentarian Sunil Handunnetti said the government’s lack of understanding pertaining to the people’s situation is clear through statements made by several irresponsible Ministers.
He noted the government has repeatedly said prices of essential goods are increasing due to the rupee depreciating against the dollar, import restrictions and the COVID-19 pandemic.
He said the government is attempting to make the public take responsibility for themselves, adding that the State Minister of Consumer Affairs had also said he has no solution to the issue.
He questioned if that is the response a government should provide.
Handunnetti claimed the government displays various media spectacles, every time prices increase.
He claimed consumers are affected as a result of the government attempting to create a monopoly for their associates in the rice and sugar industries.
The former MP said paddy is not purchased from farmers at Rs.70, but is sold to consumers at Rs.110-120 for a kilogram of Red Kekulu rice, adding that both consumers and farmers are burdened.
Handunnetti said prices of rice has increased to Rs.200 in the domestic market, and claimed the government displays various media spectacles when there is a price hike.