Ministers from SLPP, SLFP, SJB accept challenge amid crisis | Daily News

Ministers from SLPP, SLFP, SJB accept challenge amid crisis

Nine Parliamentarians who represented the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna, Sri Lanka Freedom Party and the Samagi Jana Balawegaya were sworn-in as Cabinet Ministers before President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had called on the Opposition to join hands with the government and form a non partisan government to face the challenges ahead in the country.

Accepting portfolio, a challenge - Harin

New Tourism and Lands Minister Harin Fernando said that accepting a Ministerial portfolio at this critical juncture is a challenge. “It is not my opinion that we should seek political gains at this moment.”

He said, although the position was accepted, he has not forgotten the demands such as the resignation of the President and bringing back the 19th Amendment as the next amendment to the Constitution.

“Sri Lanka needs dollars. The Tourism and Foreign Employment Ministries given to me and Minister Manusha Nanayakkara are the most instrumental ministries to earn dollars. “We request each and everyone to help us in this endeavor for the sake of the country.” The Minister also stressed that he would become an independent MP in the Parliament if anyone attempts to disturb his programme as the Minister.

Will work to generate exchange for country - Manusha

Labour and Foreign Employment Minister Manusha Nanayakkara said protests won’t help solve economic woes facing the country.

“The country’s economic and political crisis cannot be solved only through countrywide protests. My decision to join the new Government is a very dangerous one, as it can even ruin my future political journey”, he said.

He said that everyone will be satisfied if the new Ministers are able to find solutions to the present crisis. “The main issue in this country is dollars. I will be able to contribute to find dollars through my new portfolio.”

Challenging assignment - Tiran

Public Security Minister Tiran Alles aid that he will ensure equal treatment in the enforcement of law.

“The portfolio assigned to me is a big challenge for me at this critical moment”, he said adding that he would enforce the law against any perpetrator regardless of their status. He said the future programme as the Minister of Public Security will be announced soon.

Committed to uplift education - Premajayantha

Education Minister Susil Premajayantha said that he is committed to uplift the education sector which was affected by the pandemic.

“For that, I need the support of every stakeholder of the education sector including the parents”, he said. Also I expect to use this position as an opportunity to rectify the mistakes made throughout the past within this sector, he added.

While stating that he expects everyone’s support for his endeavours in this new portfolio, the Minister also conveyed wishes to the candidates who are to face the G.C.E. (O/L) exam this year.

Will take measures to address COL - Minister Nalin Fernando

New Trade, Commerce and Food Security Minister Nalin Fernando said that policy measures will be taken in a bid to mitigate the devastating economic crisis in the country.

Firstly, we have to find out the reasons for the dollar crisis which has resulted in a sharp decline in the value of a country’s currency. A programme will be formulated to end the dollar crisis. The sharp rise in living costs has been caused by the escalating prices of the essential commodities.

He said that his Ministry will also look into the fresh measures to stabilize prices of essential goods amidst shortages due to global and local supply chain issues.

The government is making arrangements to provide five essential commodities at concessional rates to low income families.

He said the essential commodities for the low income families would be made available through the Sathosa network across the country in addition the Lak Sathosa outlets too will be re-activated to succeed this endeavour.


Add new comment