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Wheat flour price hike illegal: Harsha

15 November 2019 02:44 pm - 5     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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The wheat flour price increase announced by wheat flour dealers is illegal and politically motivated, Convener of the Cabinet Committee on Cost of Living, Non-Cabinet Minister Dr Harsha De Silva said today.

Wheat flour dealers announced earlier that the price of wheat price has increased by Rs 8.50 a kilo.

Dr. De Silva told the Daily Mirror that the increase was illegal as the suppliers have not sought the permission of the Consumer Affairs Authority to increase the price of wheat flour.

“Action will be taken against those who sell wheat flour more than the stipulated price of Rs 87 per killo. We request the Prima company to cancel the price hike immediately, Dr. De Silva said.

Subsequently, the All Ceylon Bakery Owners Association said they have decided to increase the price of a loaf of bread by Rs 3 to Rs 5.

However, the Consumer Affairs Authority said in a statement that it had not given permission for a price hike. The statement said legal action will be taken against those who sell flour at a higher price.

Soon afterwards, the All Ceylon Bakery Owners Association said the prices will not be increased as decision to increase prices had been withdrawn by the dealers. (Yohan Perera)

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  • Sunil Friday, 15 November 2019 03:44 PM

    Illegal or not this gives a taste of what is to come if this sordid regime is reelected.

    Missaka Friday, 15 November 2019 03:47 PM

    Good that corrected soon. No price control for essential items? Must have a national policy on all essential items prices!

    mp Friday, 15 November 2019 05:06 PM

    It is good that wheat flour is increased. Wheat flour is bad for health.

    Anthony Friday, 15 November 2019 06:50 PM

    MR IS A PLAY NOT

    Renato Friday, 15 November 2019 07:37 PM

    This is the doctor who distribute defamatory leaflets good for nothing


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