The Samagi Jana Balawegaya charges the government of allowing businessmen to determine the prices of goods.
Parliamentarian SM Marikkar addressing a media briefing today said yesterday’s announcement by rice mill owners pertaining to the price of rice is a prime example.
MP Marikkar said the good governance government had a ‘reverse gazette’ President who was defeated.
The Parliamentarian said Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa during the period of the former government stated that not one grain of rice will be imported adding that Minister of Agriculture Mahindananda Aluthgamage also made a similar claim.
The MP charged that the government failed to control and enforce Gazettes.
He said the government as a result introduced emergency regulations and appointed a Commissioner for Emergency Services and charged that they are still unable to control businessmen.
He called on the government to lift emergency regulations just as the Gazette on a control price for rice was lifted.
MP Marikkar on a separate note requested parties affiliated to the government to refrain from staging various media spectacles related to the Yugadanavi power plant in Kerawalapitiya.
MP Marikkar said New Fortress that has a 40% stake in the power plant is listed in the New York stock exchange.
He added upon looking in to its accounts, it was revealed that over the past five years the firm has been running at a loss.
The Parliamentarian said the net asset value and the total equity difference is USD 300 million and on the verge of bankruptcy.
The MP requested the government to announce how a loss-making company can provide LNG to Sri Lanka.