United National Party (UNP) Leader and former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that what the Government should be doing is not requesting people to make sacrifices, but appointing a committee of specialists for the control and eradication of COVID-19.Wickremesinghe made this comment during a media discussion held using Zoom technology.
He questioned whether the Government has a justified right to ask people to make sacrifices.
Former Prime Minister Wickremesinghe said that the World Health Organization (WHO) has said that a committee of specialists should be appointed to control the Coronavirus. He said apart from Sri Lanka every other country has fulfilled this request. The UNP Leader also pointed out that US Dollars 720 million being granted by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) should be spent on controlling Corona and said that the Government should join a programme with the IMF and obtain money to build the economy as well.
“The Government should resolve the teachers’ and principals’ salary anomaly. If the decision made by us had been implemented this problem would not have arisen.
The Government does not have money as the VAT was reduced. It has not made any statement regarding the steps that should be taken in connection with schoolchildren not receiving education for two years. If we can vaccinate those under 12, children will be protected within schools,” he said.