Minister Gamini Lokuge says a group of government members directing a letter to the President requesting the imposition of a lockdown, at a time when the Cabinet of Ministers decided to fast track vaccinations without entering a lockdown, is concerning.
Speaking at a media briefing today, Minister Lokuge said the COVID-19 pandemic cannot be mitigated without administering vaccines.
The Minister said all members of the Cabinet including the individuals who directed the letter conveyed their stance during the meeting adding their actions raise serious concerns.
When questioned by media, whether the lockdown was imposed due to threats by trade unions of withdrawing from duties, Minister Lokuge claimed the President imposed a 10-day lockdown after considering requests of the Chief Prelates and other religious leaders.
The Minister said the government does not have financial provisions to provide more than Rs.2,000 to individuals during the lockdown.
He said a Head of State seeks to relieve the public adding they are of the stance that Rs.2,000 is insufficient.
Minister Lokuge said the government previously provided Rs.5,000 which led to issues during distribution.
The Minister said these matters cannot be considered lightly adding the government led by the President is attempting to move forward while balancing all such issues.
He claimed the government is attempting to build the economy in order to save lives.