Tackling COVID-19: Support sought from former MPs
By W.K. Prasad Manju
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa stressed that the Government will seek the support of all leaders of political parties in the former Parliament to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.
He took this decision following a discussion with political party leaders on 24 March at Temple Trees.
The PM's Office will meet political party leaders personally in the coming days before taking measures to tackle the spread.
Most party leaders expressed their satisfaction with measures taken by the Government to bring the present situation under control and had assured their cooperation for future efforts as well.
Among other issues discussed had been implementing a system to provide essential food stocks to the public by personally visiting homes and to allow tea factories to function as normal as well as to permit wholesale traders to operate in spite of the curfew.
The Premier stressed that essential food stocks had been supplied to the Cooperative stores and Sathosa outlets to maintain the chain sans a break.
Speaking at this discussion, UNP Leader, Ranil Wickremesinghe had urged the Government to maintain the ongoing curfew indefinitely if it helps to effectively curb the spread of the virus.
Meanwhile, some former Parliamentarians were of the view that instead of convening Parliament, it would be beneficial if a national plan could be formulated to tackle the pandemic taking the suggestions of party leaders.