Lankapage Logo Recent Top Stories
CP 14 YEARS
Go Home Home Serving the Sri Lankan community globally since 2000
go to LankaPage.com

Leading News from Sri Lanka::

* Sri Lankan government to amend Tea Act to impose hefty fines on unscrupulous tea traders
Fri, Jul 25, 2014, 01:35 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

July 25, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has received approval from the cabinet of Ministers to amend the legislation regarding refuse tea and several waste tea grades to enable the authorities to impose hefty fines on the unscrupulous tea traders

Accordingly, the government will amend the Tea Control Act, No.51 of 1957 to control and monitor the refuse tea and tea waste to prevent malpractices in tea trade and fine the individuals heavily.

The proposal made by Minister of Plantation Industries Mahinda Samarasinghe aims to amend the Tea Control Act by incorporating provisions for the Minister in charge of the subject to make regulations on refuse tea and refuse tea transport.

The proposal seeks conviction for an offence under the Act and punishment for such offences and to increase the increase the maximum amount of fine to be imposed on a person found guilty of an offence under the Act from Rs.50,000 to Rs.500,000 and for compounding of an offence from Rs.10,000 to Rs.500,000.

Regulations will be applicable on control and monitoring of Refuse Tea, Reclaimed Tea, Absolute Refuse, Grade Broken Mixed Fanning (BMF) and Tea Waste and on control and monitoring of handling and dealing of Bin Teas.

Refuse tea is a by-product resulted in the process of converting green leaf into the final tea.

Sri Lanka Police have earlier nabbed several unscrupulous traders with stocks of waste tea that was intended to be mixed with good quality tea.

Sri Lanka has tightened operations against the attempts to bring down the quality of Pure Ceylon Tea by blending good quality tea with waste tea.

ColomboPage - Recent 10 Stories
Education Ministry to obtain police assistance against trade unions recruiting students for protests
-- [22 minutes ago]
Sri Lanka Navy arrests 9 Indian fishermen poaching in Sri Lankan waters
-- [1 hour and 44 minutes ago]
Motor Traffic (Amendment) Bill proposes tough action against errant drivers
-- [1 hour and 59 minutes ago]
Local government elections in January, government has no intention to postpone, Premier says
-- [2 hours ago]
World Federation of Exchanges CEO visits Sri Lanka's Colombo Stock Exchange
-- [3 hours ago]
Sri Lanka Supreme Court rules referendum needed to approve 20th Amendment
-- [4 hours ago]
Sri Lanka Cricket announces new selection panel ahead of Pakistan tour
-- [4 hours ago]
Sri Lanka Customs nab man attempting to smuggle in Rs. 2 million worth palladium metal
Parliament not to debate 20th Amendment to the Constitution Bill tomorrow
Debate on draft bill enabling to criminalize enforced disappearance postponed

Copyright © 2000, 2014 by LankaPage.com (LLC) :
The news and other contents on ColomboPage are copyrighted property of LankaPage.com, LLC. Any unauthorized use of any information on ColomboPage may constitute a violation of copyright laws. You need written permission to reproduce, republish, post, transmit, broadcast or distribute, material from this site from LankaPage.com, LLC. However, news organizations or broadcasters in Sri Lanka may republish the news items in ColomboPage with proper acknowledgment to ColomboPage.