Economic crisis -- Mangala mum when warned by experts: GMOA

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The GMOA said today Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera was silent when economic experts had predicted well in advance about a rupee depreciation and the economic crisis.

Its Secretary Haritha Aluthge said the MPs had requested people to tighten their belts while they continued to enjoy luxury lifestyles.

“Amid an economic crisis, the provincial councils are enacting dramas with unnecessary expenses. The subject minister did not take any preventive measures even when advised by the experts. It is unfair to heap this burden on the people,” he said.

Dr. Aluthge said the duty free vehicle permits for MPs' cost some Rs.7 billion each year.

He said though the Finance Minister had suspended the issuance of duty free permits to MPs, by then most of them had purchased vehicles or sold their permits.

Meanwhile, GMOA Assistant Secretary Samantha Herath said the country’s economic management had broken down.

“On the one hand the Government is calling for the restriction on the import of luxury consumer goods, but on other hand they are importing services, which contribute to more than 56 per cent drain on the country’s economy, through FTA’s with Singapore and Thailand,” he said.

Dr. Herath claimed that when professionals speak of the economy they were criticized.

“Today the citizens are suffering from the consequences of economic mis-mangement and the failure to draft a national policy,” he said. (Thilanka Kanakarathna)

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  • Stunned Citizens Monday, 01 October 2018 10:18 PM

    Bunch of humbugs and freeloaders. Only think about themselves. Should stick to medicine and not economics.

    Stan Monday, 01 October 2018 10:24 PM

    Your expertise is in medicine, not economics. please do your job without politicising everything

    Lankaboy Monday, 01 October 2018 11:03 PM

    See who is talking here..GMOA become politicians and talking luxury life while these GMOA criminals looting money from public..and prescribing medicines for higher prize while receiving commission and sponsored foreign trips by medical companies.. IF they really stick to medical ethics , we can even save million of dollars spend on these unnecessary medicines

    Lankaboy Tuesday, 02 October 2018 09:51 AM

    GMOA talks about duty free vehicle permits for MP's here. But MPs are only 225..But More than 1000's of doctors are importing vehicle on duty free permits. Can they publicly announce that they will not take this permit no longer..?? as an example

    Ashoka Monday, 01 October 2018 11:17 PM

    Srilanka is a poor country. This duty free concept is not suitable for a country like sri Lanka. Most of the government officers and the parliamentarians do have official vehicles. I think we have to stop duty free concession permanently and introduce the old system of permission to buy a vehicle from the government stores for a cheaper rate.

    observer Monday, 01 October 2018 11:32 PM

    When did the doctors become economists ??

    Prakash Monday, 01 October 2018 11:34 PM

    Don’t know what to say? But clearly 2 things are viable.1. GMOA Iis backed by the opposition parties. 2. Weak leadership in current govt. did not nip at the bud, but allowed to grow a demon.

    Wise Donkey Monday, 01 October 2018 11:38 PM

    Doctor turned economist!

    Raza Monday, 01 October 2018 11:44 PM

    Doctors are first to protest, when Ravi cancelled Duty free car Permits when this government came to power. JVP supported their demand. Now they are shedding crocodile tears. MR is the one who gave MP.s right to sell the permits.

    Ceylon Monday, 01 October 2018 11:56 PM

    now he directly using medical union for politics.this man is trying to jump to parliment.

    Rohantha Tuesday, 02 October 2018 12:19 AM

    Pot calling the kettle black

    Jude Tuesday, 02 October 2018 12:33 AM

    Huh!! We're Still Waiting for the Experts!!?? Yeah!!

    acs Tuesday, 02 October 2018 12:36 AM

    And of course, GOMA, with their big mouths, are never mum..

    Kamal Tuesday, 02 October 2018 12:57 AM


    G.M. Jayawardena Tuesday, 02 October 2018 01:21 AM

    This govt is solely responsible for the current economic crises although they are blaming the previous administration. Two blunders they did seemed to have affected the revenue of the country to great strength. One is the killing of business of the Avernt Guard Maritime service. Thereby the country may have lost billions of Dollars in a year. The effect is worse than if they stopped Srilankan working in foreign countries. The other blunder is the suspension of the port city project which was expected to yell billions of dollars in a year.

    Peter Tuesday, 02 October 2018 01:21 AM

    Cheeers the Z score fortunates who crept into the respected medical field now try to show that they are experts in Finance and Trade They are still licking their wounds after the landmark judgement on the SAITM issue which destroyed a good institution. The big man is silent as another SC judgement will be out soon

    Dave Tuesday, 02 October 2018 01:26 AM

    Hey you sob its not your job to manage or advice about the economy. Its your job to treat the people who come to hospitals. Why dont you talk about the drunked doctor who caused an accident and runied a family. People would like to know about that incident more than the economic situation. We are waiting for your expert analysis on thhat lol.

    Kalum Tuesday, 02 October 2018 01:39 AM

    Maybe we were wrong in criticizing the doctors after all. They did try to warn about the adverse effects of the free trade agreement without a National trade policy. But all we could see was the ‘evil’ doctors striking.

    Dee Tuesday, 02 October 2018 03:13 PM

    Typical free ed! Koheda yanne malle Pol. What's the FTA got to do with the current situation? It's not even implemented yet.

    C.K.Lankaputhra Tuesday, 02 October 2018 02:01 AM

    GMOA is well and truely in politics now. Better register GMOA as SRI LANKA VAIDYA PAKSHAYA and give a start so that so many other trade unions to follow. Then we will see Sri Lanka Gamana Gamana Pakshaya, Sri Lanaka Raillu Pakshaya, Sri Lanka Guru Pakshaya. Sri Lanka Heda Pakshaya and so on. Then we, being the general public can also form Sri Lanka Bauddha Pakshya, Sri Lanka Katholika Pakshay and what not. . With this, can field candidates in future Elections and few to Parliament. Good way for better democracy? Isn't?

    Ram Tuesday, 02 October 2018 02:29 AM

    You have selected a new topic for your strike actions and cause unrest in the country. Are you done with SAITM?

    Chux Tuesday, 02 October 2018 07:31 AM

    Why you did not warn your big boss MR when he built Hambantota port and airport

    City Tuesday, 02 October 2018 07:34 AM

    Medical professionals speaking about the economy.well have they settled all issues in the health sector.never knew that Economics was a subject in medical services.

    Pissu Katha Tuesday, 02 October 2018 01:53 PM

    It just goes to show how stupid GMOA doctors really are...

    Dhammika Tuesday, 02 October 2018 07:37 AM

    Economics and Medecien are completly TWO different areas in profession . PLEASE DONT CREATE MORE CHAOS in turbulent times .

    Jan Tuesday, 02 October 2018 07:53 AM

    The government does have its faults and this is indeed deeply disappointing. But the GMOA are a bunch of self serving heartless individuals that are a disgrace to the noble profession. You enjoy the free education and inflict pain and suffering on the poor and innocent patients. Shame on you guys and before you criticize others look at what you can do to become better individuals and holding the sick to ransom. Tuesday, 02 October 2018 07:54 AM

    Better concentrate on drunk doctors and other short comings of doctors rather than the economy.!

    silly ass Tuesday, 02 October 2018 07:56 AM

    When did this pundit become an expert on economics!

    Prem Tuesday, 02 October 2018 11:49 AM

    Before next press conference please declare to the public that gmoa is a political party and not a trade union.

    Lakman Tuesday, 02 October 2018 12:00 PM

    I think here the GMOA has not mentioned that they warned the government, instead they say Economic experts alerted. So you people blindly criticize Doctors to look in to Medicine issues. Focus on what is being told and not by whom. If a poor laborer from a remote village come and say about the acconomy will you say to mind his own business.

    sunil Tuesday, 02 October 2018 05:00 PM

    anybody can talk of economy and also critize the govt. But don't do it under the cover of your profession or GMOA

    Uttara Tuesday, 02 October 2018 03:06 PM

    As a developing country struggling with hardship to feed its people and pay back loans Sri Lanka must immediately stop issuing vehicle permits to doctors. Thanks to the GMOA the medical profession has completely lost its dignity today. Considering this fact the best

    Nalinda Tuesday, 02 October 2018 04:39 PM

    Hello doctor! Did you calculate how much foreign exchange Sri Lanka spent yearly for lankan students strong study medicine in overseas?Why didn’t you block that revenue loss rather than making the Saitam compliant like any other local faculty?Poor housemaids sent dollars to country and you guys are fighting for car permits ! Soon you all will be like bitten like Debt ridden Greece in EU then you all can play Greece Yaka game or start taking bribes like in 1970s doctor Molgoda.

    REEZ Tuesday, 02 October 2018 04:39 PM

    When you did the doctorate in economy. You are a henchman of Mahinda appochcha.

    s.shiha Tuesday, 02 October 2018 07:03 PM

    Poor clinical Messenger

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