The caretaker premier was responded to question by reporter on the rice scheme and the growing pressure by rice farmers for payment.
She said any further action is now dependent on the newly elected government. She said that as a caretaker government, it has limited authority.
She said “it will take time for us to initiate any new scheme as we have to act according to the letter of the law.”
But she said if her party was re-elected the rice scheme would be revised.
She also asked for sympathy for farmers saying “I’d like to implore that the members of the public have empathy for the farmers’ plight. I’d also like for the farmers to understand our position. We are doing our best to fulfill our obligations. We appreciate any comments and welcome any recommendations. We will be more than happy to comply should propose actions that are legally binding.”