The National Movement for the Protection of Consumer Rights has attributed the main reason for the hike in prices of sugar to irresponsible statements made by subject Ministers.
Chairman of the Movement Ranjith Vithanage said the price of sugar could increase in future due to statements made by Ministers in favour of shop owners.
He said the price of a kilogram of sugar has exceeded Rs.200, with a kilogram being sold at between Rs.225-Rs.240.
Claiming this is an unfortunate situation, Vithanage said such price hikes are taking place amidst tax concessions provided by the government to sugar manufacturers.
He said State Minister of Consumer Protection Lasantha Alagiyawanna has stated that the price hike is unfair and that nothing can be done.
Vithanage claimed consumers are frustrated by such claims adding that such claims by subject Ministers paves the way for shop owners to further raise prices.
He requested the State Minister to vacate his post if he is unable to solve this issue at hand.