State Minister of Consumer Protection Lasantha Alagiyawanna says legal action will be taken against all unregistered sugar storages in the coming week.
Speaking to media, the State Minister said maintaining sugar storage facilities is not illegal, while failure to register such storages is a punishable offence.
The State Minister said 120,000MT of sugar was available in government storages according to their knowledge, adding that there is a significant stock of sugar at unregistered facilities.
He noted that 52 illegal paddy storage facilities were raided in the Eastern and North Central Provinces last week that have since been sealed, adding that several storages in the Gampaha District have also been identified and sealed.
State Minister Alagiyawanna added the Consumer Affairs Authority is continuously receiving information of such facilities.
He claimed a request was made from the Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka to provide a report on individuals maintaining sugar storage facilities through financial support obtained by banks.
The State Minister added raids to identify such illegal storages will continue to be carried out.