Oct 02, Colombo: A women's organization in Sri Lanka, the Women for Rights has called on the government to reduce taxes on food items and medicines.
Vice President of the organization, Samanmalee Gunasinghe says that the government if concerned about the well-being of children and the younger generation, should then take steps to reduce the taxes on food items and medicines.
She said that a monitoring board should also be appointed to look into the abuses that take place at so-called shelters to protect children in the country.
"Politicians use the Universal Children's Day to gain political mileage. Their care and concern for children are limited only for one day. But those who really care for the children would look into these issues," Gunasinghe said.
She added that over 25,000 children die of malnutrition around the world every day, which indicates the level of importance given to children in the country.