State Minister Dilum Amunugama says the decision taken by the government pertaining to certain non-essential items will not have a bearing on the day-to-day lives of the public.
Speaking during an event in Laggala, Matale, State Minister Amunugama said the public should aim to use locally produced items instead of waiting for all products to be imported.
The State Minister said the non-availability of items will not be a burden but the biggest threat the public is faced with at present is the coronavirus crisis.
He said therefore it is the responsibility of the government to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. State Minister Dilum Amunugama said some factions are making statements in a bid to gain political mileage.
The State Minister said the government, while taking measures to tackle the COVID crisis, is also taking steps to rebuild the economy.
He acknowledged that the government is taking steps to limit imports however noted it is not aimed at inconveniencing the masses.
Commenting on the decision taken on undergarments, State Minister Amunugama said Sri Lanka exports world renowned brands and therefore importing such products is unnecessary. He said this will encourage domestic production.
State Minister Amunugama clarified that no additional taxes or restrictions have been imposed but noted that the decision will have a bearing on the importers.
He said he is unaware of a country that imports so many products such as under garments, cotton buds to tooth brushes.
Parliamentarian Pramitha Bandara Tennakoon meanwhile claimed that the present administration is always taking the side of the general public as opposed to the business community.
When asked about actions of large-scale mill owners in Polonnaruwa, the MP said it is unfortunate that the business community is not supporting the wellbeing of the people.
He said the country has excessive amounts of doctors, economic experts and academics but they are not keen on supporting the forward march of the country.
Parliamentarian Pramitha Bandara Tennakoon said despite protests and other disrupting actions, they will take forward their policies for the betterment of the people and the country.