State Minister of Cooperative Services, Marketing Development and Consumer Protection Gunapala Rathnasekara says the imposition of a certified price on rice, is not focused on granting benefits to rice mill owners.
Speaking at a media breifing at the Government Information Department yesterday, the State Minister said small and medium scale rice mill owners requested a higher price of Rs.235 per kilogram.
The State Minister said concessions were not granted to any businessman adding that if a control price was not imposed, prices would rise exponentially by the end of the month to unbearable levels.
Ratnasekera said the objective was to prevent the rapid rise in prices and not necessarily reduce prices.
He reiterated the move was not aimed at granting benefits to rice mill owners.