Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Parliamentarian Gunapala Rathnasekara says financial mismanagement of the government led to the current crisis and not the coronavirus pandemic.
Speaking in Parliament yesterday, MP Rathnasekara said the government failed to heed whatever little advice over stringent financial management.
The MP said since gaining independence all governments have lacked healthy financial management skills.
He noted that he failed to enforce his 30-year experience in the management field despite imparting his knowledge at universities.
Meanwhile, Parliamentarian Imthiaz Bakeer Markar joining the debate said Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s special statement did not help solve the prevalent crisis in the country.
The MP said with the 20th Amendment to the Constitution many negative impacts were felt in the country, with the President’s power strengthened.
MP Markar said the Premier failed to address the agriculture and fertiliser issue, sovereign bond payments, delaying efforts to seek the support of the International Monetary Fund, granting businessmen large scale tax concessions, obtaining loans on high interest rates, stealing billions from the people, lack of accountability, and people’s demands being ignored.
Furthermore, Parliamentarian Diana Gamage said the Mannar Island, which is 130 square meters, can be transformed into a destination island similar to Macau, Las Vegas, or Sentosa Islands.
MP Gamage proposed that only dollars should be used in such a destination.
She called for airports in Trincomalee, Palali, and Batticaloa to be developed with helipads to allow private jets to land.
MP Diana also called on the government to provide targets for embassies to achieve in terms of foreign tourists and foreign exchange generation.