ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Leader of the Opposition Sajith Premadasa is demanding that the government offer relief packages to workers and families in the areas affected by the second wave of Covid 19 infections which has now struck more than 1,600 people.
Large swathes of the highly populated Gampaha district are under Police or quarantine curfews, factories and businesses are closed and many people’s livelihoods have been affected.
Premadasa in a statement released to the public today October 15, said that the second wave “is directly due to the negligence of the government.”
“However the government is not taking any measures to help those who are affected economically by this wave,” he said.
Instead, the government is “only interested in increasing its power,” Premadasa said in an oblique reference to the proposed 20th Amendment to the Constitution.
Premadasa said that daily wage earners were the worst affected and the government must immediately provide relief in the form of cash grants and dry rations. (Colombo October 15, 2020)
Reported by Arjuna Ranawana