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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2583

JVP urges government to come up with positive economic measures to safeguard the country

Colombo, 16 November, (Asiantribune.com): Janatha Vimukthi Perumuna, the second biggest opposition party in Sri Lanka has indicated its willingness to support the government to defeat terrorism in the country, but said that they are not in a position to support the government’s budget - 2008.Somawansa Amerasinghe: “At present, the government must say what it is going to do for the people.  We need to see their future plan of actions."Somawansa Amerasinghe: “At present, the government must say what it is going to do for the people. We need to see their future plan of actions."

The government must have a solution for the people and not take steps to please the terrorists, said Somawansa Amerasinghe, Leader of the Janatha Vimukthi Perumuna (JVP)

When speaking to Asian Tribune, Somawansa Amerasinghe said, “At present, the government must say what it is going to do for the people. We need to see their future plan of actions. They can make a statement explaining their proposals and unfortunately, they have so far not made such a proposal and it is their turn to respond positively.

JVP leader pointed out, “According to the figures available, Government will have to borrow from foreign sources about Rs.293 billions. That is going to be an additional burden on the people, where every citizen in the country now has to pay Rs. 144, 000 per year and that is the economic scenario of the country.

Somawansa Amerasinghe JVP Leader, speaking to Asian Tribune on the country’s prevailing economic situation and his party’s stance on the budget 2008, said -

Budget is an important document and it must manifest the economic policies that it is going to implement in the coming year.

The budget 2008, submitted before the parliament does not contain anything to achieve to a reasonable growth. It does not, first of all have a vision.

This Government cannot have a vision, as it does not know where it is going and ultimately, the budget becomes a meaningless document. Sri Lanka is facing a grave economic crisis. However, the budget does not reflect and does not have any specific program to find solution for the crisis.

This crisis is due to pursuing wrong economic policies during the last 30 years. So called free market economic policies that were implemented by successive governments during the last 30 years, neglected the national economy.

The budget 2008 does not provide any relieve for the people. The country has to borrow money from outside sources, increase taxes and there is no vision to increase foreign earnings and that is going to be a big problem.

President could have foreseen the difficulty the country will have to face and would have proposed a vision.

We did not find anything that is worthwhile talking about. For example, just imagine for scientific research the government has allocated 0.14% of the GDP, so how can there be a development?

There is a hint that the Government is going to reduce the number of people who are receiving Samudhri – same as the income support. The income recipients are people who are living under abject poverty. Their percentage is also going up and the coming year, they will find life very difficult.

Therefore, we have nothing to praise in the budget. The Government will have to introduce more new taxes during the next year.

According to the available figures, the Government will have to borrow from foreign sources Rs.293 billions. That is going to be an additional burden on the people, where every citizen in the country is to pay Rs. 144, 000 per year - that is the economic situation in the country.

We are not in the position to support the budget though the Government urges the JVP to support the government to defeat terrorism and that we accept. We need to see the people- Tamils and Muslims strengthened. There is a tendency that the government is trying to devolve power to the LTTE and neglect the people.

That is why we at this critical moment would like to see that the Government is not trying to please the terrorists.

The Government must have a solution for the people and not try to please the terrorists. At present, the Government must say what it is going to do for the people. We need to see their future actions. They can make a statement explaining there proposals and they have so far not made such proposal and it is their turn to respond positively.

- Asian Tribune -

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