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* Sri Lankan trade union notes government's failure to reduce milk powder prices
Fri, Dec 20, 2013, 11:27 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 20, Colombo: A trade union in Sri Lanka says that the government has failed to reduce the price of milk powder as promised.

Jathika Sevaka Sangamaya (JSS) affiliated with the main opposition United National Party (UNP) noted that despite claims by the government that a 1 kilo packet of milk powder could be purchased at less than Rs. 1,000, it was not so.

Deputy Organizer of the JSS, Ananda Palitha told the media that Co-operatives and Internal Trade Minister Johnston Fernando had promised that a 1 kilo pack of milk could be purchased from any store at less than Rs. 1,000.

He said that the prices marked in the milk powder packets in stores indicate that a 1 kilo milk powder packet is over Rs. 1,000.

According to Palitha, only packets of non-fat milk and malt drinks could be purchased at a price below Rs. 1,000.

He added that the Minister has failed to keep his promise to the consumers.

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