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President raps cabinet over unwanted state expenses as cost of living soars

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa yesterday evening instructed his cabinet to cut down on all state expenses including unnecessary fleets of vehicles being used by ministries as the government felt the heat over the soaring cost of basic items.

The Daily Mirror learns that the high prices of basic goods was widely discussed in the cabinet last evening and President Rajapaksa had instructed ministers to cut down all state expenses as the public bore the brunt of the high cost of living.

The President further instructed Minister Udaya Gammanpila that he would not permit a fuel price hike despite the world oil prices rising, and asked for an alternative way to overcome the crisis. Several ministers were also in agreement with the President that there should be no fuel price hike.

The President further instructed Minister Udaya Gammanpila that he would not permit a fuel price hike despite the world oil prices rising, and asked for an alternative way to overcome the crisis. Several ministers were also in agreement with the President that there should be no fuel price hike.

President Rajapaksa also instructed Finance Minister Basil Rajapaksa to find solutions to the rising prices of essential items, urging him to provide relief to the citizens as soon as possible. President Rajapaksa had said if Minister Basil could not find any alternatives then to come up with fresh methods where people could be offered relief.

President Rajapaksa had then instructed the cabinet to discuss this issue of the rising cost of living in Parliament and for the government members to give a detailed explanation to all Parliamentary members as to why the prices had been increased so all parliamentarians would be aware.

The cost of living was the most widely discussed topic at last evening’s cabinet meeting.(JAMILA HUSAIN)

  Comments - 14

  • Susan that Nanyakkara Tuesday, 12 October 2021 09:55 AM

    Govt of Sri Lanka had lost over 10 billion USD on kickbacks . Today if these are returned back Sri Lankan’s can survive. Basil knows where these funds are .

    Citizen Silva Wednesday, 13 October 2021 05:15 AM

    Very true! Some one should put honey in your mouth for speaking the truth! However even the price of honey is out of reach.

    Tax Payer Tuesday, 12 October 2021 12:39 PM

    The Parliamentarians don't care for what happens to the people. Outwardly they will show sympathy but continue their luxury ways and robbing the people's wealth.

    Kandiah Rajadurai Thursday, 21 October 2021 06:21 AM

    Their sole purpose of going to parliament is to enjoy the privilages and not to serve the people especially downtrodden.

    blackwater Tuesday, 12 October 2021 12:55 PM

    Ha Ha what a joke

    Shihan Tuesday, 12 October 2021 03:31 PM

    President’s intentions may be genuine.. doubt the cabinet gives a damn.

    varuna Tuesday, 12 October 2021 05:32 PM

    Do you still believe in this man? It is because of people like you this nation is on the verge of total economic mayhem!

    Be Fair Tuesday, 12 October 2021 03:34 PM

    Was the Chartered Flight to "Land of the Lion King" also in the agenda

    sanath Tuesday, 12 October 2021 04:17 PM

    yes yes rap the cabinet over unwanted expenses and your family can go on a trip to Italy, US, Kenya

    Buddhist Tuesday, 12 October 2021 05:10 PM

    President should first stop Rajapakse family membes flying all over the world and also wasting money on unnecessary walking lanes.

    PrezRap Tuesday, 12 October 2021 10:36 PM

    Like he did to CBSL! Possibly highlighting it as a problem of supply and demand. Supply of intelligence

    Northern Power Tuesday, 12 October 2021 11:01 PM

    Mr President you should tell this first to your family circle.

    Jumbo Wednesday, 13 October 2021 12:03 AM

    This is what happens when unqualified people are put in charge of this country . Be honest .since MR come to power in the second term; things went wrong . So many things went wrong . Now it will take time to fix it . Now it will take a long time to fix it

    S.Jiwa Wednesday, 13 October 2021 03:57 AM

    Tell the nation how much did it cost for you and your team to go to USA when you could have either addressed UN via video link or cut down on the number of people you took. Also, was it necessary for your brother to fly to Italy during these hard times? Just couple of small examples.


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