TNA raises concerns over decision to declare emergency

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has raised concerns over President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s decision to enforce a State of Emergency in the country.

TNA Parliamentarian M.A Sumanthiran said that the move is an “unwarranted act” and could lead to a state of repression in the country.

Sumanthiran said that there needs to be a separate law for public health emergency.

He said that the Government has chosen to use the Public Security Ordinance instead of passing a Bill in Parliament.

“This spells great danger to the country” he said.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa yesterday enforced emergency regulations on five essential items.

The President’s Office said that under the powers vested in terms of the section 2 of the Public Security Ordinance, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa declared emergency regulations formulated as per section 5 on essential food supply, with effect from midnight yesterday, by enforcing directives under section ii of the Ordinance.

The authorized officers will be able to take steps to provide essential food items at concessionary rate to the public by purchasing stocks of essential food items including paddy, rice and sugar, at government guaranteed prices or based on the Customs value on imported goods to prevent market irregularities which are causing inconvenience to consumers due to concealing of stocks of essential food items including paddy, rice and sugar and to prevent selling them at higher prices. This will be implemented in such a way that the loans granted to purchase stocks from the State Banks could be recovered from the borrowers.

Major General M. D. S. P. Niwunhella has been appointed as the Commissioner General of Essential Services to coordinate the supply of paddy, rice, sugar and other consumer goods that are essential to maintain the livelihood of the people. (Colombo Gazette)

6 COMMENTS

  1. Seriously, is this the best representation the Tamil people can muster ? In a country that has many brilliant intellectuals, why is it that only morons aspire to be politicians?

    • Dear Gabriella and Sunil, First and foremost reveal your identity before talk about Sri Lankan politics. Morons you do not even reveal your identity, you are worse than corrupt South Asian politicians ;—)))

  2. Parliamentarian M.A Sumanthiran, this SLPP government knows nothing about constitutional governance.

    “ Sumanthiran said that there needs to be a separate law for public health emergency.”

    They do not know how to draft such laws in the first place! How do you expect them to bring in laws they know nothing about in terms of structuring them!?

  3. “ The Government of Sri Lanka has taken the following important steps towards strengthening legislative and institutional arrangements for DRM in the country.

    In May 2005, the Disaster Management Act No.13 of 2005 was enacted. This provides the legal basis for a DRM system in the country. The Act establishes the National Council for Disaster Management (NCDM), chaired by the President, vice-chaired by the Prime Minister with participation from Opposition, minority communities and Chief Ministers of the Provinces. This high-level oversight body, provides direction to DRM work in the country.

    The Disaster Management Centre (DMC) was established to implement the functions indicated in the Act.”

    M.A Sumanthiran the Disaster Management Act No.13 of 2005 has all that is required to manage this pandemic if it is simply implemented isn’t it!??

    Why are you not pushing for it to be implemented!!?

  4. Gabriella, Sunil, and Citizens,

    Reveal your identities, if you are truly concern about Sri Lanka you should be ready to die for the country. Why are you hiding your identities? Facebook has blocked the Taliban’s account. Now Sri Lanka gets extra attention, must be Indian traffic ;–)))

  5. Antany, “When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser.”

    What happens when one doesn’t have the ability to understand and engage the topic at hand.

    Go read the Disaster Management Act…

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