Parliament will convene once again at 10am.
Time has been allocated for questions for oral answers between 10am and 11am.
Accordingly, an order under the Essential Public Services Act No.61 of 1979, Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka Bill, Finance Bill, Order under Excise (Special Provisions) Act, three Regulations under the Import and Export (Control) Act have also been scheduled to be taken up for debate between 11am and 4:30pm.
Meanwhile time has also been allotted from 4.30pm to 4.50pm for questions at the adjournment time and the motion by the government will be moved from 4.50pm to 5.30pm.
Minister of Public Security Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekera says failure by the government to intervene at a time that large scale businessmen are wringing dry consumers, is a national crime.
The Minister speaking in Parliament yesterday said, it is the responsibility of the government to use all laws including emergency regulations for the wellbeing of the public.
Speaking in Parliament yesterday during the debate on the Proclamation on the Emergency Regulations for the Supply of Essential Foods, the Minister said increasing prices of goods by concealing stocks and creating an artificial shortage is unethical.
Minister Weerasekera claimed the government can intervene if the wealthy are attempting to create an artificial shortage and burden the public in a democratic country.
Minister Weerasekera said the National Defence Act contains necessary provisions for the President to act accordingly.
Minister Weerasekera questioned the use of public security regulations if it is not used for social welfare.
Meanwhile, Parliamentarian JC Alawathuwala questioned why emergency regulations are being imposed at present claiming the public is reeling from the impact of a shortage of food.
MP Alawathuwala said the government’s actions including conducting raids were carried out through provisions under the Consumer Affairs Authority Act No.09 of 2003.
The Parliamentarian questioned why the government is misleading the people by imposing emergency regulations.
He said the government has no intention of meeting the public’s needs, claiming the government would have acted differently in order to face the prevailing crisis.
Minister of Justice Ali Sabry yesterday detailed the emergency regulations that are currently effective.
Speaking in Parliament Minister Sabry said emergency regulations will only be used for the distribution of essential food items.
Minister Sabry added the first section refers to locating, seizing, and distributing goods at a fair price if stocks are being concealed or withheld from the market.
The Minister claimed the country’s citizens will gain through the proclamation on essential regulations as essential food items including sugar and rice will be made available at a fair price.
He said deceitful vendors are attempting to transform profits by selling goods at a high price.
Minister Sabry said claims of other rights being violated through the proclamation on essential regulations is false.
Parliamentarian Nalin Bandara Jayamaha says due to the present administration’s mismanagement of the economy, several sectors in the country have been impacted.
MP Jayamaha said the country is facing a food and a medicine shortage at present.
He said the likes of Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage had claimed they will not allow rice mill owners to dictate terms and will control the prices of rice.
MP Jayamaha said despite months having lapsed since such statements were made, the present administration has not been able to control the prices nor have they managed to ensure a fair price for the produce of farmers.
He claimed that the present government is only keen on staging media spectacles to appease its voters.
State Minister Janaka Wakkumbara says they have already made arrangements to produce 50 percent of the sugar demand locally and therefore they will be able to control the prices.
State Minister Wakkumbara said they are hoping to open four sugar factories in the near future which will help reduce imports.
He added they have also increased the capacity of the existing sugar factories.
The State Minister assured that with the increase in domestic production, the country will not have a shortage and businessmen will not be able to increase prices arbitrarily.