The National Sanga Council has condemned the government’s decision to reopen liquor stores at a time the public is severely burdened.
Speaking during a media briefing held in Kandy today, the President of the Council Ven. Liyanwala Sasanaratana thera questioned as to whether the ‘One Country One Law’ concept is being enforced at present although the present administration widely used the slogan on election stages.
Ven. Sasanaratana thera said the closest example was immediate permission given yesterday to open liquor stores during a time when the quarantine curfew was in effect.
The Thera said it is evident from media reports that no one has claimed responsibility for the decision.
Ven. Sasanaratana thera said it raises serious concerns as to whether the present administration is keen on implementing it’s campaign promises.
The Thera said the actions of the government and the public’s behaviour within the legal framework at a time the country is dealing with the global COVID-19 pandemic are also problematic.
Ven. Sasanaratana thera said the public is burdened severely due to the pandemic and they are hopeful of eradicating the virus promptly.
The Thera said the country’s leaders came into power with the backing of 6.9 million voters, adding he was one of the voters who campaigned for the government at his own expense.