The All-Island Canteen Owners’ Association says the price of a packet of rice will be reduced by 10 percent while a cup of plain tea will be sold for Rs.30 from today (9).
Speaking during a media briefing in Colombo today, Chairman of the Association Asela Sampath said the decision was taken following the announcement by Litro Gas Company pertaining to price reductions and the drop-in prices of vegetables and other goods.
Sampath said a cup of plain tea which was previously sold for Rs.40-50 must now be sold at Rs.30 while the 10 percent price reduction will apply to all rice packets above Rs.200.
The Chairman of the Association provided a telephone number to inform them of any restaurants not providing these reliefs adding they have to regulate themselves since there is no state institution to regulate these prices.
Sampath said the union will conduct discussions with the Consumer Affairs Authority and subject Ministers in order to reach a decision to impose a maximum price for a packet of rice, fried rice, kottu and hoppers.
He also called on poultry farmers to issue a control price to which they can provide eggs at and also urged biscuit companies to reduce prices of their products.