President Maithripala Sirisena had to intervene when Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe became annoyed with a leading businessman at the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting held on Tuesday at the Presidential Secretariat and reconvened it after the suspension of the meeting for a few minutes, SLFP dissident group front liner S.B.Dissanayaka said today.
He said Mr. Wickremesinghe had not been happy about the views expressed by DSI Group chairman Dr. Samson Rajapaksa when he said he was now importing leather products, mainly shoes from China.
“Prime Minister Wickremesinghe has reportedly said that the government did not want advice on economics from Rajapaksas and blamed Dr. Rajapaksa which compelled President Sirisena to postpone the meeting for a few minutes,” Mr. Dissanayaka said.
Addressing their weekly news briefing, Mr. Dissanayaka said the neo-liberal economic policies of the UNP prepared and operated by the threesome, Malik, Paskaralingam and Charitha did not suit today’s needs of the country and the failure in the economy was brought about by them.
“There is no doubt that the collapse of the national economy, uncontrolled depreciation of the rupee, continuous increase of fuel prices and related price hike of all essential commodities are the direct results of these policies,” he said.
“The unrestricted permission given to import anything and everything including non essential goods like kites, green gram, soy beans and various other food varieties and toys have drained billions of dollars out of the country. Almost all these imports can be easily produced in Sri Lanka. Result is the sharp depreciation of rupee and mounds of debts,” Mr. Dissanayaka noted.
He pointed out that Mr. Wickremesinghe and his government did not have a strategy to restore the confidence among investors and develop tea and rubber industry, tourism and garment industry. (Sandun A Jayasekera)
this man has nothing to talk.ask him how you built a home worth 500 million rupees.
Curious Friday, 05 October 2018 08:21 AM
Must have imported it!!?
TONY Thursday, 04 October 2018 11:48 PM
CHINA DO NOT TRADE IN LEATHER FOOTWEAR
abc Thursday, 04 October 2018 11:55 PM
What does this uncouth jailbird know about economics?
Karandagolla Goviya Friday, 05 October 2018 01:24 AM
SB you are an acknowledged crook who from nothing is today a BILLIONAIRE who has jumped from side to side for personal gain.We know of your mansions at Hanguranketha.WHY DID YOU AND THE THEN GOVERNMENT NOT CULTIVATE ALL THE CROPS YOU REFER TO..THEY CULTIVATED LOANS AND REAPED COMMISIONS ON MEGA DEALS IN HAMBANTOTA. WHERE YOU YOU CON MASTER FROM PORAMADULLA
Gummay Baiyya Friday, 05 October 2018 02:03 AM
All our politicians are CRIMINALS. They destroyed our small industries that produced dry fish (karawalla), Maldive fish (umbalakadda), sprats (haal masso) and bankrupted our local farmers who produced vegetables, grains, fruits, spices, sugar cane and herbs.
Lokka Friday, 05 October 2018 02:15 AM
Very true Mr. Dissanayake.
Dils Friday, 05 October 2018 03:38 AM
If I was the PM will include him in the development plans and pick his brains and see how he goes
Sofia Friday, 05 October 2018 07:37 AM
Oh if so you must be really low in ideas to go so far down the IQ levels.
Tommy Friday, 05 October 2018 03:47 AM
When are we going to move away from tea, rubber and garments??? We've been stuck doing the same things for years. Others countries have diversified and reaped the benefits
sach Friday, 05 October 2018 10:10 AM
We have already moved out of these years ago. When will UNPers get out of 80s mindset? There are new revenue avenues some of which were destroyed by this UNP
Ram Friday, 05 October 2018 03:55 AM
Seeni Bola has surfaced from Hibernation again. This Pole Vaulter has upset many an apple carts
City Friday, 05 October 2018 07:07 AM
Only person I could compare to SB is Kewattaya.
Ghost Friday, 05 October 2018 07:24 AM
Do go tell your mommy!!!
dulan Friday, 05 October 2018 08:22 AM
This guy used to work at Marge and come by scooter to work with his wife in the back. Now thanks to democracy and foolish voters of Haguranketha and bribes he is a multi millionaire!
Dhammika Friday, 05 October 2018 11:00 AM
From MARGA to MEGA millionaire.
sach Friday, 05 October 2018 10:11 AM
Why is every one focusing on SB who will inherit nothing but the dustbin of history, but what about the PM who picked fights with business sector people like that?
Gihan Friday, 05 October 2018 10:12 AM
When CBK chased it is RW who helped you to join UNP other wise you would have been out
S.P.Ramkumar Friday, 05 October 2018 10:24 AM
Mr.SB, when you don't allow butchers cut cow thenHow do you leather, Also importing leather Samson group decission it is not good to tell on the higher level meeting. US dollar gone higher because of US economy gone up. Did you take assignment on damaging UNP- SLFP government.
nizam Friday, 05 October 2018 10:28 AM
It is the shameless foolish voters who bow down to most of these very crooks and pay prize for it.
chandu Friday, 05 October 2018 12:29 PM
Sri lankan govt guided by Tamil diaspora!
Independent Analyst Friday, 05 October 2018 03:45 PM
I checked this with a Director from DSI and I am informed that - DSI Chairman or Directors didn't meet or attended a Meeting. Editors clarification appreciated please.
Renu Friday, 05 October 2018 05:17 PM
You are loud mouthed good for nothing defeated MP who people have discarded, so don't give your two cents worth , you are classified under the fraud list according to the public , You are now a lost case
Palli Kanda Saturday, 06 October 2018 10:37 AM
SB, go back to year one in school. Your knowledge of economics is dismal. It's not that simple as you say. These press should have asked questions equally gullible and stupid. God, please save Sri Lanka!!!
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