Misinformation rife against govt. efforts

2020-03-26 at 08:30

The government has warned that legal action will be taken against any persons found to be spreading misinformation regarding the government’s programme to distribute essential goods and commodities to the general public, with the aim of preventing the spread of Covid-19.

The decision was reached by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa in response to misinformation being circulated pertaining to decisions reached by a responsible government for the wellbeing of the people.

According to the government certain organised groups are attempting to depict the measures taken by the Premier, including the initiative to provide essential consumer goods to the public, as mere rumours.

The Prime Minister therefore condemned such efforts with the aim of gaining political mileage, at a time in which both the wealthy and the less fortunate are all severely affected physically and mentally, due to the prevailing health crisis in the country.

Accordingly, the Prime Minister’s Attorneys have filed a complaint with the Colombo Crimes Division, pertaining to such actions.

The government has called on all persons regardless of party lines, to support and aid state efforts, in order to ensure their success for the benefit of the public, instead of spreading misinformation, amidst a grave national challenge.