State Minister Indika Anuruddha Herath claims Minister of Finance Basil Rajapaksa has a trusted programme to uplift the economy.
Speaking during a media briefing in Colombo today, State Minister Herath said the Rs.85 billion programme aims to uplift household economies, industries, entrepreneurs and the tourism industry.
He said tourists did not visit the country at the time the present administration came into power, adding that 2.5 million tourists visited Sri Lanka previously.
State Minister Herath claimed a failed economic management between 2015 and 2019 led to the foreign exchange crisis.
The State Minister said service providers in the tourism industry including transport and food suppliers, and other hotel employees are facing employment instability.
He said 100,000-200,000 tourists are visiting the country daily adding the government is actively engaged in resolving issues in the industry.
On a separate note, the State Minister said there is no requirement for the President to deploy intelligence services or officers of the Criminal Investigation Department to conduct probes into Ministers or Parliamentarians.
Responding to a query raised by media over a statement made by MP Thisakutti Arachchi claiming Susil Premajayantha was removed from his post based on intelligence information; State Minister Herath said intelligence services operate in a country for security purposes.
The State Minister said intelligence services receive various reports adding this has been the practice throughout history.
He said the President provided portfolios and responsibilities to all Ministers in good faith adding however if individuals engage in other activities opposed to performing their duties, such details will be added to intelligence reports, which will, in turn, affect decision making.