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Need collective, detailed plan to fight COVID - JVP

The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), while appreciating the measures taken by the government to curb the spread of COVID-19 claimed that the government does not have a long-term plan for controlling the spread of this virus.

Speaking at a media briefing yesterday, Chief Secretary Tilvin Silva said that even though the government has decided to lift curfew today while isolating several areas, yet the government does not possess a long term, collective and a detailed plan to fight the spread of COVID-19.

He further said that the financial allocation for the Health Ministry is inadequate in the next year’s budget. “The financial allocation for the Health Ministry in 2020 is Rs. 159.57 Billion and the allocation for the year 2021 is Rs. 159.48 Billion. The government has allocated a sum which is even less than the last year’s budget. In a pandemic situation the government must allocate more funds for the health sector instead of allocating funds for the President and the Prime Minister,” he said.

Moreover, he said the allowance of Rs. 5000 was not received by the Free Trade Zone workers in the Gampaha district as they are not residents of the area. “Relief was not provided for those workers in Free Trade Zones. The government is passing the buck and proper solutions are not met. And also, the government should provide the relief periods given to the large-scale entrepreneurs to the small-scale entrepreneurs as well” .

In addition to that, he said that the government has no proper plans as to how the country should function even though the curfew is lifted. “ In order to maintain social distancing, buses can only allocate a few number of passengers. Therefore, more buses are needed to face the situation. The Lanka Private Bus Association has requested to increase bus fares as the number of passengers that can be carried is low. But during this situation, it will be a burden to the public if the bus fares are increased.Therefore, instead of imposing rules and regulations, the government must seek practical solutions to face the situation,” he added.