‘Nattami’s want relief program for all; allege they didn’t receive Rs.5000/- allowance

‘Nattami’s want relief program for all; allege they didn’t receive Rs.5000/- allowance

‘Nattami’s want relief program for all; allege they didn’t receive Rs.5000/- allowance

Written by Zulfick Farzan

05 Nov, 2020 | 7:02 pm

Colombo (News 1st);  Goods transporters in Pettah, commonly known as ‘Nattami’s have called on the authorities to introduce a relief program that would benefit all segments in Sri Lanka.

On Wednesday (04) lorries were permitted to transport goods to wholesale shops in Pettah, however, the men who earn a living by transporting goods to the many shops of Pettah were faced with an issue on Thursday (05) as their carts were made immobile.

They allege the air in the tyres were released by the Police as officers imposed restrictions on the movement of their carts.

“Sri Lanka is a democratic country. In a democratic country the rights cannot be violated. They have let go of the air in the tyres of our carts for no reason. This was done to all the carts. Then close down all the shops and we can all go home. But we are yet to be given the Rs. 5000/- allowance or the relief pack. We do not want to come out to streets and go back home infected with the coronavirus. We will gladly stay at home, if we have sufficient food and drinks. Therefore, implement a relief program that will benefit the entire country,” said one Nattami.

Speaking to News 1st, Police Spokesperson DIG Ajith Rohana said the matter will be looked into.

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