Maximum retail price for rice published in the Official Journal Legal action against the rice mafia insured

Trade Minister Dr Bandula Gunawardena said tough action will be taken against businessmen who sell rice above the maximum retail price (MRP) imposed on rice by the gazette as of Wednesday. .

Speaking to the media, Minister Gunawardena stressed yesterday that all businessmen must act according to the directives given by the government, failing which legal action will be taken against unscrupulous traders who sell rice exceeding the MRP.

“Given the current situation in the country, we have discussed with all the rice mill owners and agreed to set a maximum retail price of Rs 100 for rice,” he said.

As a result, the Consumer Authority published a notification in the Official Journal setting a maximum retail price for producers and millers to offer for sale or display varieties of rice.

According to the gazette’s notification, white and red samba and raw white and red samba (Kekulu) are expected to be sold at Rs. 94 while white and red nadu and white and red raw nadu (Kekulu) are expected to be sold at Rs. 92 and the raw white and red nadu (Kekulu) are expected to sell for Rs. 89.

“The policy of former minister Rishad Bathiudeen totally contradicted my policy. There was no problem from the community during his rule, as he gave the possibility to import everything from abroad. I can also follow these policies and have had the opportunity to sell imported rice for Rs. 80 like the old regime. But we are trying to protect the farmers according to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s “Vision of Prosperity” political manifesto aimed at locally producing agricultural products and providing stable income to farmers. However, some traders do not abide by these agreed conditions and sell the rice exceeding the MRP. Businessmen should follow the government guidelines and comply with the government line. Businesses have a high risk, if it is a loss or a profit, businessmen should bear it, ”he added.

He said the government had prepared a special program for next year and the Food Commissioner had been tasked with maintaining a buffer stock of food. According to the program, each farmer must donate part of his harvest to the government after next year’s harvest. “If the fertilizer subsidy is paid to them from taxpayers’ money, it should be their duty to hand over part of their crop to the government,” he said.

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