Joint Opposition MP Geetha Kumarasinghe yesterday said the impact of the increase in the prices of cigarette and alcohol would effect women as well because it was unlikely that those who were in the habit of drinking and smoking would stop or even reduce their alcohol and nicotine intake even if prices for these items go up.
“When a country’s economy is collapsing, it is the women who are greatly affected by it. Even though the government increases the prices of cigarettes and alcohol, people will not cut down on smoking and drinking. Its impact will also have to be shouldered by women of this nation in the end. They do not get anything out of this,”she said.
Speaking further, Ms. Kumarasinghe said even though the government claimed that it had reduced the prices of essential commodities, people could not buy them at reduced prices from any shop.
“We cannot buy essential commodities at the reduced prices announced by them from any shop. I went to Sathosa yesterday and came to know that people have to buy goods worth Rs.1,000 to be able to purchase a kilo of sugar at Rs.95. At Lak Sathosa people need to purchase goods worth Rs.500 to qualify to buy four kilos of sugar,” she said.
Ms. Kumarasinghe said people were living without a clear future and added that they would join the Jana Satana Pada Yathra against the VAT and the cost of living on July 28.
MP Pavithra Wanniarachchi said there was no point in accusing Mahinda Rajapaksa and the previous government for the failure of the government and added that the failure of the government was a result of its inability to perform and its lack of unity.
If the country was given to Mahinda Rajapaksa tomorrow we would show you how to remove the VAT, provide fertilizer at concessionary prices, distribute free school uniform material and continue the development process, she said.
“Our economic policy is completely different from that of the present government. We are not a party dependent on the West,” she said. (Ajith Siriwardana and Indika Sri Aravinda)
Video by Indika Sri Aravinda
Comments - 8
Rahul Deepal Thursday, 21 July 2016 06:23 AM
None of the women i know either drink or smoke but I'm sure You are greatly affected by it.So much for the 'Sadacharaya' and Sinhalese Buddhist values ,you moronic bunch preach to masses.Why didn't you stick to dancing around trees.
hello Thursday, 21 July 2016 06:26 AM
Yes, hidden call for women to participate @ the JSPY. Alcohol will be provided free. For many men/women it will be s jollyful zick-zack walk. VAT 69....
Sim Thursday, 21 July 2016 06:33 AM
We don't depend on the West, we depend on China to borrow to borrow on high interest rates and our children to face the music in the future
Joe rajah Friday, 22 July 2016 04:57 AM
I am working with various dissable children in usa over thirty five years when i read thier chart i found that mothers were alcoholicks she is a great advocate wr will have more retarded in sri lanka
ANTON Thursday, 21 July 2016 06:55 AM
YOU ARE EXACTLY CORRECT MADAM, I AM WITH YOU.
Voter Thursday, 21 July 2016 07:06 AM
It would be interesting to check her Assets.May be one of those who amassed wealth. via DM Android App
Cobra Thursday, 21 July 2016 07:12 AM
E$specially you, I guess!
Nihal Thursday, 21 July 2016 09:06 AM
Rahul:Watch the video. Her point is that the increase in the cost of fags and alcohol will ultimately have to be borne by the wives and the children of the male consumers, which is true.
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