State doctors whilst hailing the Opposition’s proposal that the proposed Indo-Sri Lanka Economic and Technology Cooperative Agreement (ETCA) be placed before the people for a referendum, called for a national policy on trade agreements to be formulated through a presidential commission.

The Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) recently met President Maithripala Sirisena to discuss various matters.

Sirisena promised that the ETCA would not be inked prior to placing the matter before the Parliament, Vice-President of the GMOA, Dr. KM Kudagama explained.

The referendum proposed by the Joint Opposition may be a good idea, however it requires some study, he pointed out.

“Entering into trade agreements require that a logical approach be taken. How should a trade agreement be started? What are the basic aspects to be followed when such an agreement is being considered? A presidential commission should postulate a national policy for trade agreements. Trade agreements should benefit all parties, in this case both parties. The proposed ETCA is more beneficial to India than to Sri Lanka. If our job market is opened up, Sri Lankans will be severely affected,” he mentioned.

Elsewhere, he added that the President  had promised to personally intervene to solve the issues with regards to the admission of the children of doctors to schools.