* People MUST Go Out as well as Stay at Home!Not just Stay at home only.
* No election can be held while exercising ‘Social Distancing’. Electioneering is the very anti-thesis of social distancing.
* An election held before the virus is completely eradicated, will only heighten the risk of a fresh outbreak.
* The curfews that are being declared presently are not legally valid.
* The situation in the North and the East is precarious at the moment. Some people are near starvation.
* The Treasury Secretary has opened himself to action against him for violating the Constitution!
* The best way forward in this situation is for the President to withdraw the Gazette dated 2nd March 2020 dissolving Parliament.
Former Jaffna District Parliamentarian and Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Spokesperson M. A. Sumanthiran PC engaged in an informative conversation on April 1st and 2nd with D.B. S.Jeyaraj for the “Daily Mirror” newspaper on topics of current importance such as the impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic, postponement of elections, imperative need to re-convene Parliament ,legal validity of curfews being enforced, urgent necessity for drafting new laws and the refusal by Governors to let Local authorities in the North and East utilise funds to help affected people.
The entire world is undergoing a severe health threat and facing a severe crisis due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Sri Lanka too is experiencing this “Corona Effect”. So far the Govt and authorities seem to be tackling the issue reasonably well. However difficult problems are emerging. On the one hand strict measures like Lockdowns, prolonged curfews and restriction of movement are needed to combat and contain the spread of the virus. At the same time this causes hardship particularly to the underprivileged and elderly people. Daily wage earners and self-employed persons are deprived of income. Moreover the economy is drastically affected. There is a cash crunch. Production in agriculture,plantations, industries and fisheries sectors is virtually at a standstill. What is your assessment of the current situation?
I think the slogan, “Flatten the Curve” explains this the best. The success in containing this virus is said to be keeping the number of those infected at any particular time to a minimum so that the health system can cope. If you look at the demonstration graph, it looks as if, either way the number of infected persons will be the same, except that if we flatten the curve we can reduce fatalities. It also means that the time taken to eradicate the virus will be longer. If we are going to stretch the time to deal with this issue in order to “successfully contain it”, then we must necessarily keep the economy going at a rate which can feed the people and keep them healthy. That would mean that all economic activity in relation to food production, distribution, medicines, medical services for all other ailments, banking, insurance and a host of other sectors must continue to function.