The Samagi Jana Balawegaya says the government has failed to control the price of rice, despite various efforts including enforcing emergency regulations.
Speaking during a media briefing Parliamentarian Harsha de Silva said the price of rice has spiralled out of government’s control.
MP de Silva said the price formula for rice and paddy must be amended in order to control the prices to protect farmers and consumers.
The MP stated paddy cannot be bought from farmers for Rs.60 and sold to consumers for Rs.98.
He noted the government has four programmes to purchase paddy from farmers to produce rice, adding that around Rs.7 billion was reportedly spent on the programme.
He added paddy is bought through District Secretaries, the Paddy Marketing Board, the Food Commissioner and Co-operatives.
MP de Silva claimed therefore prices should reduce but to no avail, adding the programme has become inactive, and rice may need to be imported in the near future.
He stated prices cannot be controlled through the issuance of Gazettes, adding that realistic prices must be stated in the Gazette.
The MP claimed therefore the government has failed to control rice prices or any other matter.
Meanwhile MP de Silva charged that the country is collapsing each day due to the lack of definite policies by the government to develop the country.
He noted through the 2022 Budget various incentives will be provided to encourage local producers.
He added however the former Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka accepted before media that the alternate economic agenda presented by the government had failed.
He claimed the government is now attempting to introduce another policy arbitrarily, without a vision or programme.
The MP added the country cannot be developed through such policies and claimed shortsighted decisions reached based on political needs will only further lead to the deterioration of the country.