Government asserts reconvening Parliament not priority

By Vyshnavy Velrajh

The Government says the reconvening of Parliament must not be considered now, at a time when the country is battling with a crisis.

Former Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa told the Colombo Gazette that reconvening Parliament should not be a priority now, as it would not serve the cause to combat the COVID-19 in Sri Lanka.

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the United National Party (UNP) have been repeatedly calling for the Government to reconvene Parliament to pass legislation to fund the Government and debate the COVID-19 crisis in Sri Lanka.

Reconvening Parliament will only create a platform to debate the subject, and will further spread the virus, Rajapaksa pointed out.

Rajapaksa said the focus of the Government should instead be on helping the distressed public to overcome difficulties at a time like this.

“Sri Lanka has implemented a good Quarantine Act, which has enabled the country to mitigate the effects of COVID-19. Politicians who find this Act to be less effective, should read through the Disaster Management Act 2005, which clearly defines diseases such as COVID-19 as a disaster”, he explained.

Namal Rajapaksa further said Sri Lanka has been praised world over as one of the nations that has best tackled the COVID-19 crisis.

The Government has proved that it has ample laws to face the situation and has already implemented a number of laws to efficiently handle the crisis, he said.

Rajapaksa concluded by saying that reconvening Parliament would only create danger to the country by producing a medium through which the COVID-19 could spread further. (Colombo Gazette)

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