Parliamentarian Patali Champika Ranawaka says citizens have a question mark over the future of the country.
Speaking at a gathering in Ambalangoda yesterday, the MP said the government cannot blame all issues on the coronavirus pandemic, claiming it is not a 100 percent satisfactory response.
MP Ranawaka said the public is unsure of their future, with the daily increasing food prices, shortage of goods such as gas, rice, milk powder, and kerosene oil, and queues forming again. He claimed that the public did not expect such developments.
He added the government claims that the pandemic has an impact on dollar reserves, as tourism has been affected.
However, the MP pointed out that such was not the case for countries such as the Maldives and Thailand.
MP Ranawaka also claimed that loans would not be approved as international institutions have raised concerns over Sri Lanka’s financial status, similar to how an unstable individual will not be granted a loan facility at local banks.
The Parliamentarian said international institutions have lost faith in Sri Lanka.
He added that as a solution to the economic crisis, the government suspended imports including 562 items, fertiliser, and medicines, while fuel, gas and coal have been controlled.
He also charged that companies do not come forward for tenders.
MP Ranawaka said a major concern lies as to how the public will face the month ahead.