President voids liquor Gazette

14 January 2018 05:38 pm - 61     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


President Maithripala Sirisena said today that he had instructed the Prime Minister and the Finance Minister to cancel the Gazette notifications issued revoking the prohibition of selling liquor to females and the time extensions on liquor shops.

Addressing a public meeting in Agalawatte, he stated that he was informed about the two Gazette notifications issued allowing selling liquor to females and female employment in liquor shops and time extensions via the media.

President Sirisena said as Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera was away from the country both the Gazette notifications would be cancelled on his arrival.

Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera, under the Excise Ordinance revoked the ban on selling liquor to females and employing females in places where liquor was manufactured or sold on January 10.    

In a separate Special Gazette Notification issued on January 11 the business hours of licensed establishments selling liquor was extended from 11.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m.

Excise Notification No. 666 of the Gazette Extraordinary had imposed a bar on selling liquor to women and employing women in liquor related fields. (S. Madawala)

  Comments - 61

  • Mason Sunday, 14 January 2018 06:30 PM

    With your outdated archic ways you're drawing the country backwards. Have the majority of the people in the country want the Gazette Notification recinded. If not, there is no reason why it should be done. We are waiting for your election promises that mega rouges of state funds in the past regime will be tried before courts to take effect. Please get on with it, let tobacco and liquor look after it's interests.

    Lal Monday, 15 January 2018 12:44 AM

    Both MS and MR are mysoginistic with MR being racist as well. At least Mangala cares about equality and progression

    Premalal Monday, 15 January 2018 05:04 AM

    Promises? What promises?

    Yehiya Monday, 15 January 2018 08:57 AM

    Early morning opening the liqueur shop is need to consider.

    MP Sunday, 14 January 2018 06:44 PM


    Alco-Holic Monday, 15 January 2018 08:17 AM

    Will the President ask the president of SL Heart Association why she recommended 40 ml of alcohol for women per day?

    Yeti Sunday, 14 January 2018 06:47 PM

    Good for you Mr. President. Best let things as they are at present. We cannot understand the logic behind these notifications by the FM. Is he trying to stir up a hornets nest in these trying times?

    Kiri Banda Sunday, 14 January 2018 06:47 PM

    Hallo Mr Sirisena. Lets live in the real world. And lets not put boru shok. Who are you trying to cheat or please?

    Wijebahu Monday, 15 January 2018 02:07 AM

    This is about equality. If they want to cancel issuing liquor should be cancelled for all.

    Premalal Monday, 15 January 2018 05:05 AM

    Looks like Ven. Athuruliye Rathana is the real President.

    Premalal Monday, 15 January 2018 06:02 AM

    Billions are cheated and all he can do is smile but women allowed to buy liquor gets up his nerves.

    rajitha7 Sunday, 14 January 2018 06:49 PM

    Liquor is the highest consumed drug in the world. Any attempts to curtail its use is welcome.

    michael Sunday, 14 January 2018 06:52 PM

    This is a utter joke, one brings n the other cancels. No coordination no understanding what joke.

    cheers Monday, 15 January 2018 10:12 AM

    Joint Yahapalanya UNP/SLFP they are so confused so just imagine the country and the people how confused they must be

    hetti-a@sltnet.lkah961946 Sunday, 14 January 2018 06:54 PM

    This is backward thinking. Mangala was progressive. That is why we got the fish export ban to EU lifted and GSP restored. When the developed world is going forward, we are going backward.

    venu Monday, 15 January 2018 11:43 AM

    yes Mangala is very progressive on destroying UNP.. I am shocking still why all top level UNP leaders shut the mouth.

    sam Sunday, 14 January 2018 06:56 PM

    It is much better if you could have waken up for wilpattu disaster like this sir.

    Amadyapa Sunday, 14 January 2018 07:03 PM

    Now how many women working in distilleries will lose their jobs. So many women work in DCSL, IDL, W M Mendis and other such places. When M S realises this he will change AGAIN. Don't act on impulse Mr President. First study issues.

    GC Sunday, 14 January 2018 10:51 PM

    It may not be on impulse, but it can be a calculated action for political advantage among a section of society/monks.By the way, what about women who sell liquor at duty free shops at Katunayake?

    Rana Sunday, 14 January 2018 07:17 PM

    A slap on the face of gender equality....Women should be given equal rights in consuming that sweet liquid...

    Sarath Sunday, 14 January 2018 07:28 PM

    President has no authority in this area... hope the finance Minister tells him to fly a kite!

    ANTON Sunday, 14 January 2018 07:28 PM


    Mm Sunday, 14 January 2018 07:30 PM

    Aiyo Sirisena

    Premalal Monday, 15 January 2018 05:08 AM

    Aiyo Sirisena indeed after 10th February.

    Real Peace Sunday, 14 January 2018 07:31 PM

    How can the President permit men to buy liquor, but not women. This is a naked case of sex discrimination, isn't it? What's next? Ban women from driving and watching football matches etc...? He should concentrate on catching the killers of Lasantha and the people of who looted billions and trillions of national wealth.

    sg Sunday, 14 January 2018 07:32 PM

    That,s why we are saying that there are positive aspects of the presidential, people must draw their attention in this regard.

    CS Sunday, 14 January 2018 08:34 PM

    The 'positive aspects of the presidential system' are overridden by the idiots who are politicians and become president. MS is one of them.

    Pds Sunday, 14 January 2018 09:13 PM

    Why did i vote for this guy ?

    Raj Sunday, 14 January 2018 09:44 PM

    So now the president pushes women to depend on men to get some alcohol! Where are our women freedom fighters?

    lee Sunday, 14 January 2018 09:44 PM

    Good move Mr President. Those who have no philosophy of life will object to this .. alcohol has destroyed this society enough..

    Raj Sunday, 14 January 2018 09:46 PM

    Are we really short of a real statesman / women to lead us?

    Dee Sunday, 14 January 2018 09:52 PM

    The gods have looked upon the illicit liquor trade. We must thank god.

    Saleem Sunday, 14 January 2018 10:13 PM

    Right move Sir. Most Fathers are drunks and the Mothers who protect the Family nest. We don't want drunk mothers too. Tell me a religion that says being a drunk is okay? Islam and Buddhism prohibit it. I do not know enough on the other faiths.

    Senerath Sunday, 14 January 2018 11:04 PM

    SL will always remain a backward country as long as people like this govern the country. MS lacks basic intelligence and is like a tree that sways in the wind. He is probably trying to appease a few Buddhist clergy.

    Pal joey Sunday, 14 January 2018 11:41 PM

    As president you have no authority to revoke what the finance minister has decreed This is a cheap political stunt to keep the saffron robed crooks happy. Your job is to bring good governance back to this country which you have failed miserably to do. The excise law is outdated just like u. No hopes for this country with an obsolete president like u. Go home in gods name.

    Dil Sunday, 14 January 2018 11:47 PM

    can you stop this joke of insulting women. We are not in Saudi Arabia. We are in SRI Lanka

    Sincere Monday, 15 January 2018 12:03 AM

    Isn't this a clear example of the way how the right hand of the Government is working without the knowledge of its left hand? How can a country be ruled like this?

    Samapth Monday, 15 January 2018 12:21 AM

    My point is not about the rule, doesn't anyone see there is a discrimination in this. Either this rule apply to everyone or remove for everyone. This is a bad decision. Rules and policies has to be same regardless of their gender.

    Ajith Monday, 15 January 2018 12:42 AM

    Some one should go to Court and get this cleared in gender equality grounds,

    Ajith Monday, 15 January 2018 12:54 AM

    Stop police from raiding kasippu you will get more votes for sure.

    Nelum Fernando Monday, 15 January 2018 01:43 AM

    This government is like a pencil and a eraser. One writes one erases.

    Electme Monday, 15 January 2018 02:25 AM

    This is sira electioneering after high court set the 5 year term.

    lankan Monday, 15 January 2018 03:34 AM

    Didn't you know before it was announced? Looks like a cheap points scoring excise and under mine your own Finance Minister!

    Hadeniya Monday, 15 January 2018 03:40 AM

    Hypocrisy! The President is wrong. Women are drinking alcohol anyway. Why not let them buy it? This is simply a political ploy.

    Ranjit Monday, 15 January 2018 05:53 AM

    Well Done Mr. President, thank you.

    Calistus Jayatilleke Monday, 15 January 2018 06:13 AM

    Anyway, he just woke up having read this piece of news in the newspapers. He became President with 100% UNP votes is now trying to flex his muscles against the very same party which brought him to this position.

    Dinesh Monday, 15 January 2018 06:20 AM

    Forget about sale time. But this is Gender discrimination from the highest level. This means women do not have a choice. They are discriminated by the opposite sex. What is next...Stop issuing driving licences....

    Ras Monday, 15 January 2018 06:29 AM

    Thanks god! He is reading Newspaper again!

    DJ Monday, 15 January 2018 06:32 AM

    Stop the fasard, consider women's rights, jobs, etc., already plenty of women consume alcohol in Srilanka. Blocking things only makes it more attractive to try it. Take Holland it cut drug usage by half and not by stopping sales of it. Monday, 15 January 2018 06:49 AM

    Why encourage women to drink. Let things remain as there was no such demand from the women. Dont our MPs have anything better to do? Reduce the MPs to about 25 one for each district and convene them a few times for the year to vent the grievances of the people. They cant do anything else.RMB Senanayake

    Unchikun Monday, 15 January 2018 06:57 AM

    I think you are pleasing the guys in Yellow cloths.

    Kingsley Wijesinhe Monday, 15 January 2018 07:52 AM

    I personally do not approve of females consuming alcohol but my views are not important to others. The President may be doing this with the best of intentions, but this is an infringement of women's right to equality before the law. Some women's rights activists should file an FR petition in the SC and see where it leads.

    dulan Monday, 15 January 2018 08:38 AM

    He is pathetic thinks he is scoring goals for SLFP. There are female bartenders who have won national and international awards

    stephan Monday, 15 January 2018 09:28 AM

    Why did I ever vote for this man !!! he continues to just keep playing to the gallery. Absolutely no new thinking ! No new ideas ! No nothing except "surangana Katha"

    Seansean Monday, 15 January 2018 09:30 AM

    What would happen for all females working at the Airport duty free shop? Will they be asked to leave??

    Mahesh Monday, 15 January 2018 09:34 AM

    He didnt revoke it. He instructed the finance minister to revoke it. Do we have a executive finance minister in this country?

    satha Monday, 15 January 2018 09:56 AM

    ban haroin too

    Labby Monday, 15 January 2018 10:00 AM

    Since of late the President has been playing hard core politics, instead of being the President of the country which includes all political parties. This man is a thorough misfit.

    Lion Monday, 15 January 2018 10:12 AM

    This is all for the gallery.This man will learn a bitter lesson on Feb10

    Jambo Monday, 15 January 2018 11:33 AM

    Don’t understand why can’t you discuss before implementing anything.

    George Tuesday, 16 January 2018 08:19 AM

    Time for this man to go...He is another joker..wasted all these years. Shouldn't have voted for him.

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