These price increases are to pay for the government's waste and expenses. Sri lanka has the largest public sector in the world - 1 govt. servant for every 19 people.
rubber Thursday, 24 June 2010 10:07 AM
Increase by 200% we dont mind. Liqour and ciggerets used by those who havnt got self control, so let them suffer more. But recent tax increase of wheat flour isnt a good move.
Mr.Concern Thursday, 24 June 2010 10:11 AM
Not enough...this price increase is an eye wash. Liquor should be increased by 50% and cigarettes by 100% to eradicate this mennace.
eksaar Thursday, 24 June 2010 10:16 AM
Good but it may increase thefts.
Addicts Just wont stop! They will try to get the money somehow..
Rawana Thursday, 24 June 2010 10:28 AM
Rubber, likewise price increase of Wheat flour is also good, as bread and wheat made are foreign foods. Dont have sympathy on that. Let Sri Lankans eat ALA and BATHALA.
Gayan Samarasekara Thursday, 24 June 2010 10:31 AM
This might escalate illegal liquor production.
Niroshan Saturday, 26 June 2010 10:01 AM
Do they use wheat flour to produce alcohol or is this to help and promote local products?
MJ Thursday, 24 June 2010 10:33 AM
oh Nooooos... how do i unwind after a hard days work :(
soviet Friday, 25 June 2010 09:55 AM
why are people happy when these price's are increased? they will shout when prices of bread,oil increases but when cigarette prices increases they are happy. disgraceful
xlntgson Friday, 25 June 2010 10:01 AM
The easy availability is the problem and the sale drop will be gradually picked up later! The better strategy is to reduce the prices so that it should be cheaper than milk and juices; then no one would like to drink; the high cost gives more sophisticate acceptance as a rich exotic or elitist etc.,
aliya Thursday, 24 June 2010 10:57 AM
See the long term effect here .... When the liquor prices go up, the illegal liquor consumption will go up hence the deaths & deceases .. finally the money spend on health care. So just putting the alcohol prices high to cover up the government's expenses is not a good choice. There should be a balance.
Gune Thursday, 24 June 2010 11:10 AM
Agree with Rawana. Why let foreign wheat producers rob us? We have haal piti. Why do we need white bread? We have string hoppers and moong eta. Increasing liquor tax alone won't deter drinking. Better to spend part of that tax money and educate people and youth about bad effects of smoking and drinking, and if drinking, drink responsibly. A moderate society progress. An extreme society will trip on their own extreme momentum and will eventually come back to the average baseline.
Gamini Thursday, 24 June 2010 11:13 AM
Strange the Govt. have no given a reason for the price increment.
Malin Thursday, 24 June 2010 11:15 AM
No one can grumble about it. In the long run, that will save on future health expenditure. Only thing is that the authorities should see that no illicit brewing increases.
Walmoruwa Friday, 25 June 2010 03:45 AM
THE PRICE OF ALCOHOL MUST BE REDUCED TO AFFORDABLE LEVEL SO THAT ORDINARY MEN CAN CONSUME IT WITHOUT AFFECTING THE WIVES AND CHILDREN FINANCIALLY.
dagobert Thursday, 24 June 2010 02:18 PM
No complaints BUT come down hard to curb on Kasippu Distilleries and Cannibis cultivation.
RAVANA.... There is no harm. prior to 1505, our forefathers ate Ala/Bathala & Rice.
Kirthi hewamanne Friday, 25 June 2010 05:57 AM
We are all planning to go to heaven. No alcohol please , we are Sri Lankan.
citizen1 Thursday, 24 June 2010 03:23 PM
So this is their backup plan for GSP! Increase prices until we reach starvation level. Is the govt giving back anything to the people???
Lokumalli Thursday, 24 June 2010 03:23 PM
When this society turns into one of prohibition and punitive taxes, this society will see that the problems will increase.
M.I.Sabreen Thursday, 24 June 2010 03:39 PM
price should be increased by 100% to eradicate this menace
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