The Association of Sri Lanka Restaurant Owner’s says a shortage of powdered milk packets will arise in the local market in the coming week.
Speaking during a media briefing in Colombo Chairman of the Association Asela Sampath said prompt and favourable solutions are expected from the government as a large group including elders and children are burdened due to the milk powder crisis.
Sampath said the importation of milk powder has been halted at present, for an undetermined reason.
He noted relevant organisations claim they are unable to sell a packet of milk powder for Rs.900 as it costs Rs.1,200 to bring down a packet.
He added it is a justified statement, at a time the value of the dollar has exceeded Rs.210.
Asela Sampath said the government claimed it will make the country self sufficient for milk, adding however the present administration has been unable to do so.
He said the government must reveal issues surrounding milk powder.
Meanwhile commenting on the gas crisis in the market, Asela Sampath said they will go to the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka over the matter.
He questioned why the government purchased a company running at a loss.
He noted consumers have yellow gas cylinders at home, and are unable to purchase blue gas cylinders.
He claimed Parliament has also failed to address the gas crisis, amidst a shortage.
He added legal obstacles to provide blue gas cylinders must be removed.