Minister Namal Rajapaksa says a neutral decision must be reached focusing on the consumer as well as the business community when determining the prices of essential commodities including gas in the face of the global crisis.
Speaking to media, Minister Rajapaksa said a shortage of goods will be created in the country due to losses incurred by businessmen otherwise.
The Minister said the Ministry of Finance will hold discussions in the future pertaining to the matter.
Commenting on the public outcry over the construction of walking paths in several areas, Minister Namal Rajapaksa said these projects were aimed at public health and tourism purposes and not for political purposes.
He said tourists utilise jogging tracks adding farmers down south, especially in Tissamaharama use these paths to dry paddy.
He said there is no need to disrupt the rural culture.
Minister Rajapaksa claimed those who objected to walking paths in Colombo later suffered by bringing in the good governance government adding the present administration possesses a plan for future development.
The Minister said the Urban Development Authority can reach a final decision on the issue pertaining to walking paths in Polonnaruwa adding the purpose of the walking path is to uplift physical health as well as mental health of the public.
He said these locations are a requirement to establish tourist zones.
Minister Rajapaksa reiterated that this was not a ploy to obtain votes adding there has been no government which received votes by building walking paths.