He said that if a person from a low income family can afford liquor then such a person will be able to afford basic rations for survival as well.
Thondaman proposed that the Covid-19 task force record the National Identification Card (NIC) number of people who purchase liquor in an effort to exclude such persons from Government granted relief provided to low income families during the ongoing pandemic period.
With regard to the Government’s plan to distribute an allowance to low income families who have lost their livelihood due to the imposition of the quarantine curfew, Thondaman stated that the country is facing a financial crisis and it is the duty of every citizen to act accordingly.
Accordingly, he proposes that by excluding the distribution of allowances to those who are able to purchase liquor, more deserving families can benefit from an increase of the Covid relief allowance provided to them.
“There are a lot of daily wage earners in this country. There are elders without children who have no one to look after them. People from all walks of life are placed in difficult situations and have trouble surviving when there is a lockdown,” he said in a media statement.
Thondaman also stated that with the emergence of new variants of the virus, the Covid situation will likely prevail for another 3 to 4 years and therefore, it is important to strategize in manners like this which will contribute to a long term solution.
“We must not work by votes, we must guide the people. While there are some politicians who work for votes, we should guide them on what is right and wrong,” he said.
The Government has commenced paying Rs. 2000 to low income families during the quarantine curfew. (Colombo Gazette)