‘Show IMF agreement in Parliament or face action’

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Chairman of Committee on Public Finance (COPF) Dr. Harsha de Silva warned the Government that he will take action if the latter fails to present the agreement with International Monetary Fund (IMF) to Parliament.

Dr. de Silva, who pointed out that the said agreement was not approved in Parliament so far, said as the COPF Chairman he could take an action if the Government fails to present the agreement to the House.

Speaking to media, Dr. de Silva stressed that although the Government has signed a staff-level agreement with the IMF, Parliament wasn’t briefed on its terms and conditions.

Pointing out that Sri Lanka fell to its current state due to wrong economic policies and decisions taken by former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Silva noted,

“Although the Government is pleased that they were able to reach the staff-level agreement, the people are still unaware of the terms and the conditions. We demand that President Wickremesinghe present this staff-level agreement with the IMF to Parliament immediately. There is no point in having any sort of discussion otherwise.”

He further emphasised that the IMF and the entire world have acknowledged that Sri Lanka is run by a bunch of rogues and that they are demanding to put a stop to this corruption.

“What is the way forward? We will have to implement new laws and regulations. We have to punish those who looted public funds. But will President Wickremesinghe do that? Will his deputies’ stand by him if he goes onto punish the wrongdoers?” the COPF Chairman questioned.

Further, stating that the IMF is demanding that Sri Lanka needs to do what is necessary, and that the country must bring back Sri Lankan funds that have been hidden in offshore accounts, he also questioned how Sri Lanka is to accomplish this task.

“I will not state what decision I will take, but for the sake of the people, we cannot allow the Government to move forward according to their own whims and fancies. I have been entrusted with that responsibility,” he said.

In the meantime, Referring to the return of the former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to the island, Dr. de Silva was of the opinion that a “double game is being played”.

By Nabiya Vaffoor