Parliamentarian Eran Wickramaratne says the prices of essential items have increased and the public is now prepared to take to the streets.
Speaking in Parliament today, MP Wickramaratne said the inflation is rising steadily.
He said prices of vegetables including beans, carrots and leaks have increased by several folds since July.
MP Eran Wickramaratne stressed that the public will take to the streets if solutions are not provided for the cost of living.
MP Wickramaratne said the present administration has been ineffective despite having executive powers.
He said therefore the public will question the need for an Executive Presidential system, if the government continues to be inefficient.
MP Eran Wickramaratne is of the view the current issues faced by the public and the country are created by the present administration.
He said only the COVID-19 crisis was a natural issue and the remaining were due to the inefficiency of the government.
MP Wickramaratne said if the country fails only some will be able to leave for the United States but the others will have to face the consequences.
Minister of Ports & Shipping Rohitha Abegunawardhana said the present government has formulated the next year’s budget with the aim of successfully facing the challenges of the country.
Minister Abegunawardhana said the government is used to facing criticism and intimidation and is experienced in being in the government and the opposition.
The Minister noted however the present administration will not run away or avoid issues, and will face issues directly.
He claimed regardless of various allegations, with the 2022 Budget the government will overcome challenges and the country will be uplifted with the programme to develop the tourism industry.
The Minister claimed protests and other attempts to increase COVID-19 cases is posing a challenge, adding however the government will accept the challenge and implement the programme to uplift the country’s economy.
Samagi Jana Balawegaya Parliamentarian JC Alawathuwala said the public has to stand in long queues at present to obtain gas, and in Kurunegala people are unable to find gas even after going up to 30-40km.
MP Alawathuwala said the public is severely burdened and is wasting time. He added the public has to stand in queues to obtain essential items such as gas and milk powder.
The MP stated although gas prices were doubled, the government is still unable to provide gas to the public.
MP Alawathuwala claimed the public is experiencing a queue era once again, after the 70s.
He said while parents are in line to obtain essential commodities, the youth is in line to obtain their passport and leave the country.
The MP urged the government to refrain from attempting to deceive the public and to face the real situation.