Cabinet Spokesman Minister Dullas Alahapperuma says the government believes that a neutral solution will be reached today pertaining to the teachers’ and principals’ salary anomalies.
Speaking during the weekly Cabinet media briefing today, Minister Alahapperuma said he believes the government and the teachers’ and principals’ trade unions will reach a positive decision regarding the future of the children at today’s discussion chaired by the Prime Minister.
The Minister said children were the most affected in Sri Lanka in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Minister acknowledged that teachers are also severely burdened while claiming that the government is also facing a serious economic crisis.
Minister Alahapperuma said he hopes for a positive outcome in order for children to resume academics.
Meanwhile, when questioned by media pertaining to the fertiliser issue and the Minister of Agriculture’s claim in Parliament on the 5th of October that the distribution of fertiliser will commence today adding if there are any delays, fertiliser will be imported from India and distributed amongst farmers, Minister Alahapperuma said, the Agriculture Minister will inform the public on the distribution mechanism of organic fertiliser for cultivation tomorrow.
He said it is no secret that the agriculture community is under pressure and in fear.
The Minister said the government will not hesitate to reach relevant decisions as a flexible government and urged the public not to consider the government, as arrogant.
Minister Alahapperuma claimed the Agriculture Minister, the Ministry and relevant State Ministers are working towards this.
Responding to media based on a statement made by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in Anuradhapura recently, the Minister said the present administration is of the view that certain mistakes and shortcomings of the past must be rectified claiming it is not a weakness of the government but loyalty to citizens.
He said the President never claimed he failed.
Minister Alahapperuma claimed the President instead said he along with the Cabinet of Ministers must acknowledge that the government was unable to carry out duties in a manner that was expected by the 6.9 million voters who elected the government.
He said it was very humble self-criticism adding it was not justifiable to change the narrative.