The opposition charges that the supply and demand of goods cannot be managed in a stringent manner due to prevailing issues in the ruling mechanism of the present administration.
Speaking during a media briefing Parliamentarian Kabir Hashim said despite various crises arising during the tenure of the good governance government, as a result of incidents including the 2019 Easter Sunday attacks, the former administration did not allow a shortage of goods in the country.
He added therefore the former government fulfilled its responsibilities in a stringent manner.
The MP stated the Consumer Affairs Authority had taken action on various occasions in the past if traders acted irresponsibly and concealed stocks of food in warehouses, adding that the Army did not have to be deployed to direct traders.
MP Hashim therefore questioned why such an instance has arisen at present, and claimed therefore while the issue may be due to several traders, the main concern is the ruling mechanism.
MP Hashim said the Consumer Affairs Authority has the authority to ensure a continuous supply of essential food items and prevent items being concealed, at any instance.
Accordingly, MP Kabir Hashim said there is no need to enforce emergency regulations.
MP Hashim added under existing regulations the Consumer Affairs Authority has the power to seal any storage under section 17.
The MP claimed the government was staging a drama by sealing several storages after imposing emergency regulations.
He added the government is aware of the stocks of sugar, rice and paddy received by the Consumer Affairs Authority.
He claimed a government institution had increased prices of sugar to Rs.180, and all other groups also increased prices accordingly.
The MP stressed the Consumer Affairs Authority, the Minister of Trade or the Deputy Minister of the subject could’ve issued directives to sell sugar at the stipulated rate.