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Sri Lanka: Colombo residents react to decision to allow gov't workers 4-day week to grow food02:52

Sri Lanka: Colombo residents react to decision to allow gov't workers 4-day week to grow food

Sri Lanka, Colombo
June 18, 2022 at 08:07 GMT +00:00 · Published

Public sector workers have been asked to work four days a week to have an opportunity to grow food in their backyards to combat food shortages as the country struggles with the worst financial crisis since its independence.

Footage filmed on Friday features schools closed under an order by the authorities. Public transport came to an almost complete standstill due to the lack of US dollars to pay for imported fuel and was marked by kilometre-long queues of rickshaws outside petrol stations along the roads.

"I mean, the four-day work programme during this crisis is good, but this is something that the government should have implemented two years ago," a trader from Colombo said on Friday.

Another respondent said that he is 'not at all impressed' with the programme.

"People are helpless all over the country. I do not see any difference, and I do not find it any way useful after working for four days. The only thing that has happened so far is that people in this country have become helpless," the man added.

The island nation struggles to pay for critical imports of food, fuel, and medicine, as it has been hit by a severe foreign exchange shortage.

According to local media, about 85 per cent of petrol stations in the country had run out of petrol. Sri Lanka also suffered from record-high inflation and prolonged power outages.

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Public sector workers have been asked to work four days a week to have an opportunity to grow food in their backyards to combat food shortages as the country struggles with the worst financial crisis since its independence.

Footage filmed on Friday features schools closed under an order by the authorities. Public transport came to an almost complete standstill due to the lack of US dollars to pay for imported fuel and was marked by kilometre-long queues of rickshaws outside petrol stations along the roads.

"I mean, the four-day work programme during this crisis is good, but this is something that the government should have implemented two years ago," a trader from Colombo said on Friday.

Another respondent said that he is 'not at all impressed' with the programme.

"People are helpless all over the country. I do not see any difference, and I do not find it any way useful after working for four days. The only thing that has happened so far is that people in this country have become helpless," the man added.

The island nation struggles to pay for critical imports of food, fuel, and medicine, as it has been hit by a severe foreign exchange shortage.

According to local media, about 85 per cent of petrol stations in the country had run out of petrol. Sri Lanka also suffered from record-high inflation and prolonged power outages.