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Despite the government’s much hyped policy against boozing, a Cabinet minister said in Parliament hat liquor shops should be made available at the village level for ordinary people to enjoy a drink after a hard day’s work.  

Social Services Minister Felix Perera,, who was speaking during the debate on the new regulations imposed under the Excise Special Provisions Act and Customs Ordinance, said that the establishment of legitimate liquor shops would wean people away from consuming illicit liquor.   

“Rural people have no option but to drink illicit liquor. They do it because there are no authorised liquor outlets in their areas,” he said.

“The Mathata Thitha programme of this government is always appreciated. But a small concession should be given to the ordinary people. It will help the country to get rid of ‘Kasippu’ which has caused a lot of damage to our society,” the minister said.

Meanwhile, the minister said there was a racket where the liquor licences were sold to supermarket chains by the applicants. He said this was done in order to earn a profit as those who obtained a licence after paying the fee of Rs 22,000 could earn a large sum through this process. Mr. Perera said a handful of supermarket chains were involved in this racket.

He said this racket should be stopped immediately. (Yohan Perera and Kelum Bandara)
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  • Thomas Thursday, 07 June 2012 05:02 AM

    If town and city people can have taverns , why can't the village folks have one in their village. This would help to do away with illicit brews. Mr. Minister go ahead.

    Prakash Jayaweera Thursday, 07 June 2012 05:36 AM

    Please have one tavern behind Dr Mervin's house

    thatta felix Wednesday, 06 June 2012 10:58 AM

    One for Dambulla please...thanks

    shantha madawela Wednesday, 06 June 2012 11:12 AM

    whos giving money have a drink?

    shantha madawela Wednesday, 06 June 2012 11:18 AM

    poor lucky villages....

    sam Wednesday, 06 June 2012 06:38 AM

    Correct move minister....

    Achari Wednesday, 06 June 2012 06:42 AM

    Oonna Balala Mallen Eliyata Panna. Mathata Thitha.

    cramer Segami Wednesday, 06 June 2012 06:42 AM

    "Thithata Matha" is an alternate for "Mathata Thitha"

    mike Wednesday, 06 June 2012 06:43 AM

    Gamata adu wela thiyenne occarai?

    rahu Wednesday, 06 June 2012 06:48 AM

    I was at Unawatunna beach on last Posan poya day. Many people were drinking alcohol in the beach very openly. the wonder thing was consuming alcohol near by Wella Dhevalaya. I wonder how the Buddhist people treat their religion day.....God only knows

    Maidan Wednesday, 06 June 2012 06:44 AM

    Yes, we experienced this in old and golden days

    Countryman Wednesday, 06 June 2012 06:46 AM

    Yes we know all Ministers and MPs in the parliament by now have a long list of their supporters expecting liquor permits.

    Jennifer Wednesday, 06 June 2012 06:54 AM

    There is no strict rules,punishments and fear of god in Buddhism, it's much of a philosophy and my understanding is consuming alcohol is fine as long as you won't become a terrible headache to other people(if you can,it's better to avoid it altogether).

    Herath M Wednesday, 06 June 2012 11:41 AM

    God bless you and your education for the sons & daughters who are ready to shoulder the responsibilities of today and tomorrow in the motherland

    lalitha Wednesday, 06 June 2012 06:53 AM

    most liquor shops are own by politicians so anything that increases a politicians revenue will be implemented

    dalu bandalu Wednesday, 06 June 2012 07:02 AM

    What will happaen to families of those villagers if everyone starts consuming alcohol? God bless their wives and children.

    Apsara Thursday, 07 June 2012 07:32 AM

    I wish to get a feedback from Dambulla Inamaluwa Thero in this connection.

    Independent Observer Wednesday, 06 June 2012 11:40 AM

    May think of having a legalized massage parlour next the the liquor shops ! and you know what takes place in massage parlours!!

    rahu Wednesday, 06 June 2012 07:34 AM

    Yeah Jenni...I agreed with you dear. But there were more then 50people were drinking at the beach where the huge crowed were enjoying with sea bath also there were many children and kids among the crowed. they may enjoy and drink if religion allows to do so..... but they should not do this beside of worshiping place. you should be very clearly once any one consume more drink the way of behavior.

    Law maker Wednesday, 06 June 2012 07:35 AM

    After a good debate why not a good booze? in any case all these law makers
    are following " Tithata matha "

    ase Wednesday, 06 June 2012 07:38 AM

    he is there nothing better to do for and in a village ?? how about providing drinking pipe born water !!!

    joker Wednesday, 06 June 2012 07:44 AM

    colombata kiri gamata kekiri!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Damien Perera Thursday, 07 June 2012 07:57 AM

    According to the Constitution, the State should protect Buddhism in this country. The Fifth Precept of Buddhism says "Do not take intoxicants". How can the State protect Buddhism if it wants to open Taverns in Villages which goes against the very core of Buddhism?

    Saradial Thursday, 07 June 2012 07:57 AM

    Another parliament Joker. Good competition

    Javi Wednesday, 06 June 2012 07:42 AM

    Minister wants to change village culture while open his own liquar shop

    sena Wednesday, 06 June 2012 12:36 PM

    Also rumor has it there are "massage clinics" at village level

    darshan Thursday, 07 June 2012 08:17 AM

    brothels are for losers who can`t pick women to exploit poor village women..

    Rajitha Wednesday, 06 June 2012 08:01 AM

    everyone is already consuming alchohol everyday. won't make any difference.

    dismanirie Wednesday, 06 June 2012 08:03 AM

    How much of their Rs 2,500 per month would the government suggest they set aside for legal booze?

    Rajasinghe Wednesday, 06 June 2012 12:58 PM

    you can do everything in this country Mate!! to celebrate the 26th century you need have a good booze!!!

    rahu Wednesday, 06 June 2012 08:05 AM

    to be open or allocate more Police station. One of the solution for to reduce the unemployment

    kiribath Wednesday, 06 June 2012 08:30 AM

    most of the bar owners are ,you know who ?. And this will bring more money to , you know who ?

    Ruhunu Kolla Thursday, 07 June 2012 09:12 AM

    He is a jolly good fellow!

    Lanka Muslim, UK Wednesday, 06 June 2012 08:31 AM

    What has the JHU and the Buddhist Monks who oppose Muslims Mosques have to say.

    aj Thursday, 07 June 2012 09:32 AM

    This is the very good move to encourage all the children in these villages to start consuming alchohol.

    putler Thursday, 07 June 2012 10:09 AM

    Felix The ELLA MAN

    Nodrog Thursday, 07 June 2012 10:10 AM

    Protect buddhism??? From what or whom? Isn't it also against buddhism for a monk to take to politics? It seems the threat to buddhism is coming from within.

    Minister Wednesday, 06 June 2012 02:27 PM

    Now we can imagine where the country is heading!

    Labby Wednesday, 06 June 2012 09:13 AM

    What does he mean by 'ordinary people'? Do we also have extra-ordinary people in our country ?

    Michael448 Thursday, 07 June 2012 04:41 AM

    Lets have brothels too. It will drastically bring down the level of domestic abuse that is taking place behind closed doors. And incidents of rape, molestation, etc will also come down.


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