Those who had wrongly advised President Gotabaya Rajapaksa creating a food scarcity in the country must be sought and penalised, said Chancellor of the University of Colombo Muruththettuwe Ananda Thero, speaking to a briefing held two day (07) ago.
“There had been a ‘queue era’ during Lady Sirimavo Bandaranaike’s rule. Although there had been a queue era, there were enough commodities available. Today, the queue era has been intensified, with many difficulties to locate commodities and equipment for those queuing,” the Thera said.
He added: “We are talking about dollars everyday, saying that commodities cannot be imported without dollars. It is not a solution to grieve about the absence of dollars without formulating a mechanism to locate them. We have to try to locate dollars. We know that when countries like Thailand and Korea were suffering from this economic crisis, their people had extended their maximum support. But today, our people do not give into the act of saving the country and the nation, even by the slightest. What they say is that their hunger should be filled before saving the country. Today, our most burning problem would be hunger. Today, we are in a situation where we cannot fill our hunger even by queuing ourselves.”
“We are the ones to be blamed most for electing this government. Seeing people suffer and grieve, we are hurt too. Therefore, it would be very essential to dilute this suffering and end this food scarcity. Not only that, those who had wrongly advised in driving this country into this situation must be sought and punished too. Today, the innocent people have to pay the price for the wrong advice given to the President of this country,” the Thera further noted.