Leader of the Opposition Sajith Premadasa says the rationing era that was prevalent in the 1970s is once again emerging.
MP Premadasa speaking to media in Matale today said this is evident through the public’s hardships when purchasing essential food items and goods.
MP Premadasa said daily livelihoods of the public are disrupted due to economic, social and health burdens.
The Parliamentarian said there is a shortage of essential items in stores including Sathosa outlets.
He said limits have been imposed on purchasing of items adding consumers have had to form lines at stores in order to purchase goods.
MP Premadasa said the country is moving towards an economic downfall adding the opposition possesses the strength, capabilities and vision to rebuild the country.
The Opposition Leader said the government must pay more attention to the difficulties faced by the public adding a majority in the government are incapable of dealing with such issues.
MP Premadasa added the opposition has no intention of obtaining state power by crippling the country.
He claimed the development of roads and other projects can be put on hold for the time being in order to prioritise people’s living conditions.
Premadasa added while development is an important factor, the need of the hour is the people’s wellbeing including making essential goods affordable.
He questioned what steps the government has taken in order to generate foreign exchange.
MP Premadasa stated the government must now hold talks with international financial organisations and seek support.