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7 February 2017 09:27 pm - 4     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The Maximum Retail Prices (MRP) set by the Finance Ministry on Rice, Nadu and Samba, are illegal since the prices had not been gazetted, MP Bandula Gunawardane said today.

The Finance Ministry on Monday set the retail price for a kilogram of Nadu as Rs. 70 and Samba as Rs. 80 with effective from Monday midnight.

MP Gunawardane said not only the Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake has failed to issue a gazette to declare the prices but has also exceeded his authority as Finance Minister yet again.

“The Finance Minister has no authority to set prices for consumer goods. It should be the Trade Minister or the Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) which should make decisions on price alterations. The proper procedures had not been adopted when setting these prices,” he told a news conference.

He said that a gazette should be issued for relevant authority to take action against vendors who are not selling rice for the introduced retail prices.

“Not even a consumer can argue with a trader if they sell rice for a higher price. If there is a gazette, they can forward it as a proof,” he said. (Lahiru Pothmulla)


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  Comments - 4

  • Lal Tuesday, 07 February 2017 09:44 PM

    You may live with Rs2500 but we don't. There is a drought and without this prices will rise without control. The poor will starve to death without MRP

    George Wednesday, 08 February 2017 06:05 AM

    You jokers sit in a chair and find faults within yourselves while the poor are suffering. Do you know what and MRP meens via DM Android App

    Kadiya Wednesday, 08 February 2017 06:51 AM

    JO's latest password- illegal. Give a mega salary hike to all the people and it's illegal. Bring down the COL drastically and it's illegal but they will never say that to a increase n their salary allowance or vehicles, now would they? Bloody frauds, all of them!

    Michael Wednesday, 08 February 2017 09:17 PM

    I cannot understand the sanity of the above comments. This opposition member has pointed out that MRP has not been gazetted - is this a ploy of the government to fool the people and let the private traders profit !!! The people will soon learn.

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