The JVP says the market price of rice will inevitably increase in future.
Speaking during a media briefing in Colombo today, JVP Chief Secretary Tilvin Silva said the paddy harvest will further decline as the government has restricted the import of fertiliser at a time when there is a shortage of rice in the market, adding the price of rice cannot be controlled through media gimmicks.
Silva said the government attempted to control prices by appointing military personnel to the Consumer Affairs Authority to ensure stocks are not being concealed or sold at higher prices which did not produce any positive results.
He said the government further claimed to have created a database under an Army Brigadier to locate paddy storage facilities adding that no such storages were located.
He said the present administration has now appointed an Essential Services Commissioner and claimed there continues to be a shortage of essential items in the market.
Silva charged the government of not wanting to reduce prices or having a proper plan or mechanism.
The Chief Secretary said the government will have to reserve current gazette notifications and issue new ones even though various Ministers claimed they will import rice; the government is unable to do so due to lack of funds.
Silva also claimed there is a shortage of essential items such as gas and milk powder.
He said the price of a domestic gas cylinder was increased by Rs.363 in favour of Laugfs Gas adding however the company is yet to supply adequate stocks to the market.
He said the public is lining up to buy gas due to the shortage.