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COVID task force has failed, vest responsibility of COVID control with Cabinet: Ranil tells Govt

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Solitary UNP MP Ranil Wickremesinghe who made his maiden speech in the current Parliament today called for a debate on vesting the responsibility of controlling COVID 19 pandemic with the cabinet as the COVID task force has failed in accomplishing it properly.

“The cabinet has thrown away its responsibility of controlling the pandemic as per sections 3, 4 and 43 of the constitution. The government consists of political leadership, the state officers and the judiciary.

It is the political leadership that has received the people's mandate to handle the pandemic. Therefore the Prime Minister and the cabinet should take over the responsibility of controlling the pandemic. Giving this responsibility of controlling the pandemic to the military is against the constitution,” Mr. Wickremesinghe said.

“I expect that others will also agree with me to debate on this matter. Therefore we call for a debate,” he added.

He alleged that the COVID task force has failed.

“Sri Lanka is facing various issues. Country’s foreign reserves are down to US$4 billion, and the CPC's total debt stands at a staggering Rs. 3 billion. The IMF has offered US$ 78 million, and Bangladesh will give US$ 200 million. One has to think of an option to come out with these issues, “The Government should come out with an alternative, if it does not want to work with the IMF,” he added. (Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana)

 

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  • Be Fair Wednesday, 23 June 2021 02:42 PM

    Agree with you on: COVID task force failure. Let the Medics run it, Cabinet doesn't have learned members to fathom the severity of a Pandemic I reckon

    DHA Wednesday, 23 June 2021 02:54 PM

    We know how things would've been if you'll guys would've handled the situation !!!! At least the issue is at this level ! I bet you if you'll guys would've handled this situation half of our population would've got wiped !!!

    PokyPig Wednesday, 23 June 2021 02:55 PM

    Look who is talking of failures. Ha Ha Ha!

    Praja Pathirana Wednesday, 23 June 2021 02:55 PM

    Cat out of the bag. Not professionals but cabinet. Towing the government line as predicted to destabilise the opposition

    Dan Sapada Wednesday, 23 June 2021 02:59 PM

    The Covid task force is here today because you're government failed so miserably in the first place. Have you no shame to show you're face after being thrown out by the country as a whole ?

    Joshua Wednesday, 23 June 2021 03:01 PM

    I do not think the Cabinet is anything better than covid task force. The cabinet hardly has anyone who can think logically

    Jayasinghe Wednesday, 23 June 2021 04:53 PM

    Well said. Civil Bodies should run the country

    Srilankan Wednesday, 23 June 2021 05:11 PM

    Cabinet=Army=Expert

    Truth matter Wednesday, 23 June 2021 05:18 PM

    What about Central Bank scam ? Hora tries to teach lessons..

    FORMER ROYAL COLLEGE STUDENT. Wednesday, 23 June 2021 05:31 PM

    R-O-Y-A-L; ROYALE...

    Nona Wednesday, 23 June 2021 06:41 PM

    I agree. It should go to the kitchen cabinet.

    G b Wednesday, 23 June 2021 10:37 PM

    Cant trust anything this backstabber says, he helped rajapakse win, now look at how things have turned out, he betrayed sri lanka for money and power

    Bernard Wednesday, 23 June 2021 10:43 PM

    It doesn't make any difference as the whole Cabinet and the COVID task force are immersed in a web of corruption.


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