Cabinet Spokesman Minister Dullas Alahapperuma says all factions must come together for children, instead of trying to determine the winners and losers.
Commenting on the struggle to resolve teachers’ and principals’ salary anomalies, and intimidating statements made by politicians affiliated with the government targeting union leaders, during the weekly Cabinet decisions media briefing, Minister Dullas Alahapperuma said the issue cannot be resolved by insulting each other.
He noted schools have been closed for over one year adding that everyone is hoping for educational activities to resume from next week.
The Minister stated it is the children that are winners when education resumes. Minister Alahapperuma said teachers are facing various issues, adding that the Ministerial Sub Committee was able to reach an intermediate solution after much effort.
The Minister encouraged everyone to commending and appreciating each other instead of insulting each other, when children return to schools.
Meanwhile when questioned by media regarding the decision reached by the government to import nano-nitrogen liquid fertiliser from India, despite the policy decision to ban the import of chemical fertiliser, Minister Dullas Alahapperuma said the government will not reach stubborn decisions pertaining to the policy to move towards organic farming, and will not hesitate to take a step back if needed.
The Minister claimed the policy to use organic fertiliser was not an incorrect policy, adding however the government is flexible and is willing to look into concerns faced by farmers and in agriculture when implementing the policy.
He added it takes time to move towards a target. The Minister stated therefore the government will not hesitate to take a step back if needed after considering farmers financial situation and other issues, adding that it is not a drawback.