No ban liqour consumption in SL :Govt.

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Deputy Minister of Buddha Sasana and Religious Affairs M.K.D.S. Gunawardane said in Parliament yesterday that the government could not ban alcohol consumption in the country. He said it could only be controlled through the government’s ‘Matata Tita’ policy.

The Deputy Minister was responding to United National Party (UNP) MP Ajith P. Perera. Mr. Perera in his question placed on the Order Paper, asked whether liquor consumption would be banned in Sri Lanka since it was against the Buddhist teaching.

Mr. Gunawardane replied, “It cannot be banned. It can only be controlled.”

Then Mr. Perera asked how the consumption of both foreign and local liquor varieties had increased in recent years, despite the much hyped ‘Matata Tita’ policy.

The Deputy Minister replied, “It is because people drink more and more.”

Mr. Perera asked: “Does it mean that the government’s policy has failed? It has been reported to this Parliament that alocoholism is on the rise.

The Deputy Minister responded: “You can interpret it in any way you wish.” (Kelum Bandara and Yohan Perera)
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  • freethinker21 Friday, 09 May 2014 05:08 AM

    Yeah say goodbye to the tourism industry then ! just irrational decisions politicians make to get some attention... how sad this country is

    Calistus Jayatilleke Thursday, 08 May 2014 12:56 PM

    Thitata Matha, Hic Hic!

    irvin br Thursday, 08 May 2014 09:19 AM

    If there controlling process of alcohol consumtion why told Matata tita. via DM Android App

    Nihal Amarasekera Thursday, 08 May 2014 05:00 AM

    Alcohol is a necessary evil, that's about all.

    DSI Thursday, 08 May 2014 05:04 AM

    [quote name="Truth Hurts"]Alhocol causes more problem both psychically as well as sociologically. This is country is actively advocating stop consumption of Beef. But no one has ever condemned the government for not stopping Alcohol. Sad Truth![/quote]


    But Same people Wear Leather Shoes and Leather Belts made out of Skin of the Bull and Cow. Even Leather Wallets

    Foreign Resident Thursday, 08 May 2014 09:24 AM

    If the government ban the liquor , they will definitely lose more than 50 % of votes..

    Ralahamy Friday, 09 May 2014 02:39 AM

    If you drink you die; If you don't drink also you die. So why not drink and die????

    Johnny come lately Thursday, 08 May 2014 10:40 AM

    Thahanam karanna epa Johnny aiyagen ahanna kohomadha chandey gatthey kiyala. via DM iPad app

    Lanka Shantha Thursday, 08 May 2014 05:11 AM

    We pretend to be British and started to play Cricket and Rugby and now consuming alcohol in the grounds where youngsters are watching as these are public places. Stop alcohol in the grounds.

    HOLY CRAP Thursday, 08 May 2014 06:12 AM

    Only consuming beef and chicken is against the teachings of Buddhism. Brilliant folks via DM Android App

    ANTON Thursday, 08 May 2014 01:06 AM

    WHEN I READ AND REALIZED ABOUT THE HARMFUL EFFECTS OF ALCOHOL , I GAVE UP READING.

    ANTON Thursday, 08 May 2014 01:07 AM

    IN SRILANKA , PEOPLE ALWAYS TURN EVERYTHING UPSIDE DOWN, MATHATA THITHA BECAME THITHATA MATHA.

    Iam Friday, 09 May 2014 03:27 AM

    Ban liquor?? that would mean losing millions of Tax money. hence that would never happen.

    Truth Hurts Thursday, 08 May 2014 01:46 AM

    Alhocol causes more problem both psychically as well as sociologically. This is country is actively advocating stop consumption of Beef. But no one has ever condemned the government for not stopping Alcohol. Sad Truth!

    Old citizen Friday, 09 May 2014 12:16 PM

    Yes .it could be controlled through issuing more liquor licence.

    naleer Thursday, 08 May 2014 07:28 AM

    doesnt matter tourists but ministers via DM Android App

    M.O.A.Careem Thursday, 08 May 2014 04:22 PM

    kudu, ganja, Arrku.....now casino - ???? SOME MORE NEW edition on the pipe line

    Nugegodage Thursday, 08 May 2014 11:32 AM

    No need to control . Thithata matha karagena yanda ohoma . Give my regards to PM.

    Chaminda Tilakumara Thursday, 08 May 2014 05:05 PM

    Just ban the giving liquor licesnses to currupt politicians and ensure that they are not above the law. This should solve most problems with law & order in the country.

    naleer Thursday, 08 May 2014 08:13 AM

    What bbs says of liquor may be HALAL their view. via DM Android App

    Bebaddha Thursday, 08 May 2014 08:58 AM

    Henchaiyanta adiyak dhunne nethnam chandey dhinanney kohomadha via DM iPad app

    Hafsal Friday, 09 May 2014 04:45 AM

    No brother these are not the biggest problems that we have in our country. The biggest problem is Halal and slaughtering of cattle.


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