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COLOMBO (News 1st); Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court has granted permission to examine two applications that were filed by the Bar Association of Sri Lanka seeking an order be made on the Cabinet, and other responsible officials to take the necessary measures to provide electricity, gas, milk powder, medicines, and food without any shortage.Two Fundamental Rights applications were filed with the Supreme Court on Friday (25th March) by the Bar Association of Sri Lanka over the present economic crisis.The applications were filed by the President of the BASL, Saliya Pieris PC; Deputy President, Anura Meddegoda PC; Secretary, Rajeev Amarasuriya; Treasurer, Rajindh Perera; and the Assistant Secretary, Pasindu Silva.The Petitioners are seeking orders from the Supreme Court to direct the respondents to immediately consult with all therelevant stakeholders and independent experts to formulate and implement policies to provide uninterrupted access and to provide concessions in relation to the prices of essential goods and services to the people including LP gas, fuel, electricity, milk powder, medicines and food.The applications by the BASL note that the failure to provide essentials goods and services to the people of Sri Lanka without any shortage, and at a reasonable price, is a violation of the people’s Fundamental Rights enshrined in the Constitution of Sri Lanka.The Attorney General, the Cabinet of Ministers, the Governor of the Central Bank, the Secretary to the Treasury, Secretaries to several Ministries, the Ceylon Electricity Board, the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation, and the State Pharmaceutical Corporation among others were named as Respondents.The Petitioners complain that Sri Lanka is currently facing an unprecedented.

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