The government has decided to sell stocks of sugar seized from several storages, that were sealed over concealing stocks, through Sathosa outlets and cooperatives.
State Minister of Consumer Protection Lasantha Alagiyawanna said the stocks of sugar will be provided to supermarkets as well in the coming weeks.
The State Minister said a maximum retail price will be imposed for the sale of sugar through Sathosa outlets this evening.
The State Minister added sugar is being sold at exorbitant prices at present, adding that the Consumer Affairs Authority and state sector does not have sufficient provisions in order to solve the crisis.
Alagiyawanna stated the President with the consumers in mind issued Emergency Regulations for the supply of essential food items including paddy, rice and sugar and also appointed a Commissioner General for Essential Services Coordination.
The State Minister added maintaining sugar storage is not illegal adding that maintaining unregistered facilities is a punishable offence.
He noted that raw sugar will be sold at Rs.130 a kilogram while the price for white sugar will be notified this evening.
The State Minister also claimed that all containers at ports containing sugar will be cleared and issued to the market.
State Minister Alagiyawanna added the same process will commence tomorrow for stocks of paddy, after stocks were seized from intermediary storages and sealed.