Sevangala Sugar factory will not hand over to Gamage

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Sevangala Sugar factory will not be handed back to Daya Gamage and Company despite the government's decision to repeal the 'Under performing and Under Utilized Enterprises Bill', a Cabinet minister told Parliament today.

Minister of Irrigation Wijith Wijeyamuni De Soysa came up with this statement in response to a question raised by Chief Opposition Whip Anura Kumara Dissanayake in the House last morning.

"I have discussed this matter with the Finance Minister and he assured me that Sevanagala factory will not be handed back to the private sector even if the government repeals 'Under performing and Under utilized Enterprises Bill' the minister said.

However, the Minister said it is not possible to increase the sugar production and fulfil the aspirations of sugar cane farmers given the present status of Sevanagala factory. There he said the factory badly needs a refurbishment.

Earlier Mr Dissanayake said some 30,000 sugar cane farmers in Hingurana, Pellawatte and Sevanagala are facing a crisis as they are not getting fair price for their produce.

He said farmers are also hit by the closure of Hingurana factory which was privatized in 1993. The MP said the owner of this factory had fled the country after defaulting bank loans. Mr Dissanayake urged the government to increase the price of sugar cane to Rs 8,500 per tonne for the sake of the farmers.

Minister De Soysa assured that the government would do it's utmost for the sugar cane farmers. (Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana)

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  • nick Wednesday, 15 November 2017 10:26 PM

    hari appochchi another fail economist via DM Android App

    SL Wednesday, 15 November 2017 10:35 PM

    Sugathta gahuwaama ayi chanchalaa adanne!

    Ram Thursday, 16 November 2017 01:45 AM

    Many private businesses that were functioning with a profit after taken over by the GOSL went down in production and profits. This is a common occurence. Sevanagala was doing well when MR took it over to hit its owner. Political revenge has now become a white elephant to the government.

    Aruna Thursday, 16 November 2017 09:13 AM

    Appachchi maloooo! The voice from the one rejected by the people but appointed as a minister from the backdoor.

    rajasenanayake712@gmail.com Thursday, 16 November 2017 04:01 PM

    Our politicians and people never learn The government lacks expertise since the masses elect idiots like themselves to rule instead of philosophers as envisaged by Plato. This is the curse of popular democracy. Democracy for the middle class is what Britain started with and carried on for a long time. The British gave universal franchise to ruin the colonies. India has so far escaped but no guarantee it will not happen there as well when the masses wake up.


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