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Rice price hike due to oligopoly: UNP MP Dr. Harsha

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UNP MP Dr. Harsha De Silva yesterday said the rice price mafia is back in action once again with an artificial shortage created to keep the prices high - allegedly by the oligopoly who controls the rice market.

Responding to the government’s decision to reduce rice prices yesterday, Dr. de Silva said a kilo of Nadu rice could be sold for less than Rs 98 and a kilo of Samba for less than Rs 99. He said the oligopoly is buying a kilo of rice at a price which is nearly Rs 40.

He charged that the present government had killed the competition created by the previous regime where the small rice millers benefited. The brand 'Shakthi' which was created by the programme carried out by the previous regime helped the small mill owners to obtain a fair price for rice,” he said.

“I will not be surprised if the government decides to import rice in the future,” he added.

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  • cheers Wednesday, 11 December 2019 08:19 AM

    Harsha you and your party not in power now as people voted. So please accept the People's mandate and get lost

    Consumer Wednesday, 11 December 2019 08:28 AM

    This SHAKTHI program.. if continued by this government will break up the rice mafia to some extent.

    ravin Wednesday, 11 December 2019 08:58 AM

    What's reason oligopoly was not explained to voters when previous government was in power

    michael Wednesday, 11 December 2019 10:46 AM

    The Red Rice which was Rs. 65 in November is today going at Rs. 105, Well this is what the 6.6M people wanted. So they can stomach it.

    UPALI Wednesday, 11 December 2019 10:50 AM

    People have not given mandate to import rice may happen soon

    srimali senn Wednesday, 11 December 2019 10:56 AM

    who controles rice mills in Pollonnaruwa, I am sure you are aware Dr. Harsha, I hope you know very well rice marfia in Pollonnaruwa.

    ROy Sumathipala Wednesday, 11 December 2019 11:38 AM

    Hi Young UNPER, Please tell your qualifications(thesis) to the nation. You Doctorate form one of the useless unis form US!

    New Lankan Wednesday, 11 December 2019 12:57 PM

    I didn't PHD to understand Oilgopoly, please explain what and how it works MP Dr Harsha.


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