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The incumbent government gives priority to the people … Vasudeva

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Minister of Water Supply Vasudeva Nanayakkara has assured that the incumbent government was committed to give priority to the people. He was speaking during the debate on the 2021 Appropriation Bill in Parliament. Minister Nanayakkara said:

“The Leader of the Opposition criticized the government’s role concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. I believe that is not appropriate. Among the countries in the world, we have successfully faced the COVID-19 pandemic. There are issues that we find difficult to control, but we will do our best. The Opposition Leader is saying that we should import the vaccine. It’s England that needs the vaccine; we do not need it as of yet. I wonder if the Opposition Leader knows what disaster management is. An allocation of Rs.4264 million has been done to manage the COVID-19 pandemic.

We cannot give relief like England does. We need to have a revenue like England if we need to match their relief package. The European Union says imports should not be restricted. They want to lend more to us. We want the rupee to stabilize. Inflation rose during the UNP governance, but we are keeping it stable.

We would like to tell the European Union that our government is working with a broad understanding of reconciliation and human rights. In a time of crisis like this, we cannot import more than Rs.20 billion. Is it wrong? The World Trade Agreement specifically spells out what to do when situations like this occur. We import things needed for the country’s manufacturing sector. I would like to ask if the EU does not see that.

The Opposition Leader said that prices of goods cannot be controlled by issuing gazettes. We do all this for the people in the country. Our philosophy is Socialist Democracy. Government intervention is necessary in our country. We will take steps to rejuvenate the businesses that took a fall due to the pandemic. We will give as much relief as possible to our people.

The previous government suffocated people with taxation. There is a problem where the relief we give does not really reach the public. The country’s economy was adversely affected by the Treasury bond scam. In our vision, our priority is people, not the market. Our journey will be based on our vision. We will provide job opportunities to 100,000 people who are in need. We are giving 68,000 graduates employment opportunities as well.”

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