JVP attacks UPFA on rising cost of living

by Dasun Edirisinghe

The JVP says people are struggling to make ends meet, though the government promised to uplift economic conditions at the end of the 30-year war in May last year. The JVP says people are experiencing untold hardship due to rising cost of living, while the foreign debt is rapidly moving up.

Addressing the media at party head office, JVP Propaganda Secretary Vijitha Herath, MP yesterday alleged that the government had failed to address the problems experienced by the masses.

MP Herath said that when compared with year 2005, prices of all commodities had shot up. The foreign borrowings had also increased and per capita debt had increased to Rs. 225,000 from Rs. 112,000, MP Herath said.

The Gampaha District MP warned that per capita debt could go up as high as Rs. 250,000 in next year.

Since the last parliamentary election in April, the bread prices had been increased four times, MP Hearth said, while ridiculing ministers, and the Prime Minister, who welcomed the increase in the flour price claiming that it would boost the demand for rice.

The MP alleged that ‘Api Wawamu Rata Nagamu’ programme had failed to meet its goals.

Accusing the government of failing to buy paddy stocks, the JVPer said that the country had imported 122,968,494 kgs of rice from January to June this year. He claimed that farmers in Ampara, Polonnaruwa and Hambantota had failed to sell their produce.

Responding to a media query, the MP said that the government wouldn’t give public servants at least a Rs. 2,500 salary increase, though President Mahinda Rajapaksa promised a hike at the presidential election. The MP asked public servants not to expect a salary hike at the forthcoming Budget 2011.

MP Herath said that the party would launch a countrywide protest campaign against the rising cost of living.

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