Oct 18, 2017

Ministers clash over commodity prices: Cooperatives to sell rice Featured

There were heated exchanges at the cabinet meeting yesterday (17) when ministers discussed the unbearable cost of living.

Anura Priyadarshana Yapa said the people strongly criticized the government over the increase in the prices of rice, coconut, potatoes, onions, fish etc.

Susil Premajayantha came to his support, demanding the resignation of the ministers responsible.

Subject minister Risath Bathiudeen responded, saying that he could do nothing about the high consumer prices.

Cost of living committee blamed

Several ministers noted there was no rice available for people to buy at the government declared prices, blamed the cost of living committee for failing to carry out its responsibilities, and called for the resignation of its members.

The government said Cooperatives too, would be selling rice at low prices, since only the CWE was presently selling at such prices, but was unable to meet the demand.

The cost of living committee met later in the day to discuss a presidential directive to supply state rice stocks to the Cooperatives.