The definition of essential services for the citizens of this nation was provided by parliamentarian Mahindananda Aluthgamage.
To understand the quality of this person, it is crucial to look back in time.
Two significant individuals in charge of the nation’s fertilizer dilemma were State Minister Shasheendra Rajapaksa and Mahindananda Aluthgamage.
Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage was the one who, in the past, kept so many broken promises to Sri Lankans while standing up for the stupid choices made by a select few.
He claimed that after sending a payment of 6.9 million US dollars—which by the way, never arrived—Sri Lanka would get a shipment of fertilizer from China.
The public was assured by Minister Aluthgamage that farmers would be reimbursed for the loss in harvest, but so far, no compensation has been given.
The media in Sri Lanka has done its job as the nation’s watchdog by exposing the shady dealings of the powerful.
The Government has recently, however, deemed media to be a non-essential service.
There are questions about whether this was done to silence the media, which serves as a reliable source of information. Or possibly this is a result of the concern that the media will reveal their henchmen’s wrongdoings.
The current administration has repeatedly failed to provide the public with clear and accurate information.
However, it is important to remember that throughout those times, it was the media that made the effort to make things clear to the general people.