Top government aide Mano Tittawella says passing legislation for reform will be tougher for a minority government but hopes issues will be depoliticized. Top government aide Mano Tittawella says passing legislation for reform will be tougher for a minority government but hopes issues will be depoliticized. He heads the strategic enterprise management agency in charge of twelve key government institutions all of which are being reformed. Excerpts:
Shamindra Kulamannage: How the government plans to deal with oil prices, now at US$ 60 a barrel, which are affecting the petroleum corporations operations and draining the Treasury.
Mano Tittawella: The thinking now is that the subsidy that we give on oil must not be given across the board. We have to work on innovative ways to make it targeted. Because there no point-if I can afford to pay for petrol for me to get subsidies.
We need to subsidize the guy who travels by bus; who has a monthly wage and who has the problem of inflation.
We can do two things. One is to target the subsidy to the people who need it most. It is easier said than done but we are working on some schemes.