The opposition claims the government has a hidden motive behind issuing gazette notifications on matters including the distribution and storage of essential commodities including rice, sugar and paddy under emergency regulations.
Speaking during a media briefing today, Parliamentarian Hector Appuhamy said the government has adopted emergency regulations to suppress the escalation of protests in the face of possible future crises in the country.
MP Appuhamy said if the government wanted to control the prices of essential items, it should have enforced the provisions included in the Consumer Affairs Authority Act.
The Parliamentarian questioned whether a state of emergency was ever declared in the country over distribution of sugar adding the present administration is not suited to remain in power if it is unable to source rice, sugar, and paddy without a state of emergency.
He said the entire world is aware that the country’s citizens are suffering due to shortage of food, adding foreign media has extensive coverage over the prevailing situation.
MP Appuhamy said all relevant decisions pertaining to essential items could have been reached through the Consumer Affairs Authority Act while the Sri Lanka Disaster Management Act could also have been used instead of declaring a state of emergency.