Minister Wimal Weerawansa says it is the responsibility of all individuals to assist people in leading a healthy life regardless of disputes with the government.
Minister Weerawansa speaking during the Budget debate today said while there are conflicts, they are not opposed to the government.
The Minister said livelihoods must be maintained adding that matters need not be complicated or worsened.
Minister Weerawansa said the opposition towards the government should not result in a coronavirus outbreak, claiming that government members also wish for the government to continue on the right path and most importantly in a people-friendly manner and to work within the mandate granted by the people.
He said the challenges in the health sector and the open market economy must be considered before resorting to holding protests.
The Minister said that had the opposition been in the government, they would have had to face a similar fate.
Minister Weerawansa added reality must be faced while the government must also think anew.
Joining the debate Parliamentarian Eran Wickramaratne said many government politicians are unable to speak freely at the Cabinet of Ministers meeting or at the group meeting.
MP Wickramaratne said the government lacks a permanent policy that is concerning and charged the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna led government of having no economic vision and providing too many tax concessions.
The MP said as of the 31st of December 2019 1.7 million tax files were handed over claiming that the number reduced to 1.1 million by 2020.
He charged that 600,000 persons stopped paying taxes owing to government granted concessions.