The Samagi Jana Balawegaya charges that despite the appointment of a National Economic Council to seek solutions to the present economic crisis, the fuel crisis is yet to be addressed.
Speaking at a media briefing today, Parliamentarian Kabir Hashim condemned the appointment of an Advisory Committee consisting of 16 members to advise the National Economic Council.
MP Hashim said the Advisory Committee tabled five proposals, including the appointment of a legal advisory committee and a financial advisory committee.
The MP said although several committees have been appointed the economic issues in the country still persist with queues continuing to form across the country and prices of goods increasing, adding that pressure on the public was mounting.
He claimed it was clear that the issues faced by the public stemmed down to internal issues within the government.
Parliamentarian Kabir Hashim said a black market was created with a handful of people earning large amounts of money, while the common man was unable to meet basic needs such as milk powder, gas, and flour.
He said it is the government’s responsibility to ensure restructuring is carried out in an orderly manner instead of placing further burdens on the public by curtailing concessions.
The MP further said the country faced various crises over the past few years including a Constitutional coup, natural disasters such as droughts and floods, and the Easter attacks.
The MP said the country never agreed to International Monetary Fund conditions of reducing the Samurdhi allowance or curtailing concessions.
The MP added the previous government carried out debt restructuring while safeguarding the rights of the poverty stricken people.