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The Cabinet has decided to impose a price control on imported rice to prevent the price of rice from sky-rocketting, Rural Economic Affairs Minister P. Harrison said today.

“President Maithripala Sirisena and the Cabinet will decide on the price of imported rice,” he said adding that stocks of imported rice would arrive in the country within two weeks on tenders selected by Sathosa.

The minister said it was decided to import rice after several local rice millers failed to supply rice to Sathosa.

“Nearly 138 rice millers had been issued stocks of paddy and hand over the rice to Sathosa. But only 28 millers had done so. Others have sold their rice to the private sector and as such have been blacklisted and cases filed against them,” the minister said. “President Maithripala Sirisena plays no part in the family-run company and in no way nurtures his brothers, unlike what the previous government did,” he said.

The minister said rice mill owners were behind the rice mafia in the country and are attempting to gain a huge profit through the rice market.

He said the largest stock of 17,000 metric tons of paddy was released to Araliya Rice Mills proprietor Dudley Sirisena because he had made the highest bid. (Chaturanga Pradeep)

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  • Sene Tuesday, 03 January 2017 05:21 PM

    This guy is talking nonsense.Importing when there is enough stocks in the country till mid of the year shows the extent of corruption.Ultimately as what happened before this imported rice will be sold as unfit for consumption one day and sold cheaply as animal feed.This will come back to the market, contaminated, poisoned with pest control chemicals, polished but still poisonous at high price.This is what is happening even today. This cycle will go on.Corruption begets corruption!!

    a nissanka Tuesday, 03 January 2017 06:50 PM

    Please stop dancing jigs. Now we are tired of unscrupulous works of this government. Take solid steps to bring down the price of rice. Previous regime launched MATHATA THITHA. This regime launches BATHATA THITHA

    ceylon Tuesday, 03 January 2017 09:46 PM

    make food available.dont impose stupid restrictions for food.people curse for these things. via DM Android App


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