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While increasing the price on hoppers, plain tea and varieties of items sold at canteens from today the national organiser of the Canteen Owners Association  Asela Sampath said the association would challenge the Finance Minister Ravi Karunanaya to tell a place where one could buy food items at prices mention in the budget.

“As an association we are challenging the Finance Minister to find and tell one single place where we can buy goods at a lower price as declared in the recent budget. If he would do so we will dissolve our association from the following day,” Sampath said.

He said that prices of hoppers, plain tea and many other items sold at canteens were increased from today.

The association said price controlled created black market, which it called was a form of terrorism.

According to the association a price of a cup of plain tea is increased by Rs. 5 while a cup of milk tea is increased from Rs. 35 to 40

The price of hoppers is increased by Rs. 5. The price of a lunch packet (Rice and curry) is increased by Rs.10.

“We will close all canteens in the Colombo district for a day before the Christmas Day in protest and to draw government’s attention over the black market terrorism.

“Nothing had been allocated for the benefit of canteens owners in the budget 2016,” Sampath said.

 “If the government is willing to take on the black market our association would grant the relief to consumers again,” Sampath said.

“Although we increase prices, I request all the canteen owners to provide quality and clean food to their customers,” he said.

“We urge the Consumer Affairs Authority to introduce a district-wise price range to all product sold at canteens instead of an island wide blanket price regulation,” he said. (Chaturanga Pradeep)

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  • John Fernandez Thursday, 26 November 2015 08:14 PM

    Come on Mr Sampath. You are a brave man.

    K.Senarathne Thursday, 26 November 2015 08:59 PM

    Since when did hoppers were on sale in the Black Market? Does this guy think we are idiots?

    Bala Thursday, 26 November 2015 09:15 PM

    Everyone wants something free. Ask not what the country can give yoru but ask what you can do for your county.

    Shan Thursday, 26 November 2015 10:07 PM

    Canteens produce cancer.

    The God Father Thursday, 26 November 2015 11:42 PM

    This guy has balls.

    Fed Up Friday, 27 November 2015 12:14 PM

    These people are trying to insert themselves into the political spectrum . As if we dont have enough already.These canteens only serve those single persons who are coming from out station. They are dangerous and unhealthy.I hope the govt concentrates on more important things

    moiez Friday, 27 November 2015 12:05 AM

    Most of our canteens are un hygienic and that should be checked before selling hoppers or milk or plain tea.Did the government reduced the price of flour,sugar, milk powder,so how come they increase the prices of these items.

    ANTON Friday, 27 November 2015 12:25 PM

    THEY GIVE SOME CAKES TO THE COUNTRY FREE OF CHARGE.... " STOMACHACHE"

    CitizenPerera Friday, 27 November 2015 12:44 AM

    Consumers should form unions and boycott these thieves. Most of these canteens should be shut down for serving unhygienic food.

    ran Friday, 27 November 2015 02:09 AM

    Stop patronizing canteens.

    Lionking Friday, 27 November 2015 07:38 AM

    First we have to send health inspectors to these canteens to check for hygiene. Most of them are not, so close them down and they will keep their mouh shut in future

    krish Friday, 27 November 2015 08:13 AM

    which govt. has ever prepared a seperate budget for canteens? they are also part of the larger society and what applies to the ordinary people also apply to the canteen.this guy is either paid by MR or is trying to enter politics, sound like a JVPer to me

    Leo Friday, 27 November 2015 09:11 AM

    Mr.Sampath we challange you to close all canteens for a day do you think thats going to effect us. via DM Android App

    Sapu Thursday, 26 November 2015 07:49 PM

    LP gas prices have been reduced it these canteens madly want to increase prices

    Sapu Thursday, 26 November 2015 07:51 PM

    ppl should stop eating from these canteens


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