State Minister of Co-operative Services, Marketing Development and Consumer Protection Lasantha Alagiyawanna says the government decided to suspend the Extraordinary Gazette Notification issued to control the prices of rice and import 100,000MT of rice due to the inconveniences faced by the consumers in recent times.
Speaking during the weekly Cabinet decisions media briefing the State Minister said following the decision reached yesterday, the Consumer Affairs Authority will lift the maximum retail price of Rs.95 imposed on Kekulu rice, Rs.98 for Nadu rice, Rs.103 for Samba and Rs.125 for Keeri Samba, through the issuance of a Gazette.
He noted however the government will not let paddy farmers face injustice through the decision to import rice.
Commenting on the decision reached by the government to establish a new gas company under the supervision of the government by combining the two existing gas companies in the country, State Minister Alagiyawanna said through the move the price of a gas cylinder can be reduced by between Rs.125 to Rs.130 in future.
He noted in addition to the increase in prices in the world market and the value of the dollar, consumers also have to pay a sum for the inefficiencies of the two gas companies.
The State Minister added the government aims to minimise the inefficiencies to provide concessions to the public.