Sept 24, Colombo: Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, focusing on the cost of living of the people of the country, today ordered the immediate release of stocks of essential food items held at the port.
The Prime Minister issued the order to the Controller General of Imports and Exports and the Director General of Customs at the meeting of Cabinet Sub-Committee on Cost of Living held virtually at Temple Trees.
Speaking at the event, Finance Minister Basil Rajapaksa instructed Trade Minister Dr. Bandula Gunawardena to distribute the cleared essential food items to the people through the CWE and essential food importers as soon as possible.
It was also emphasized that the Ministry of Trade and Agriculture officials should bear the responsibility for releasing essential food items including rice to the market without any shortage.
The Trade Minister Bandula Gunawardena requested the Prime Minister to expedite the investigation into the complaint lodged by him regarding the allegations made by the Executive Director of the Consumer Affairs Authority while resigning from his post.
Accordingly, the Prime Minister immediately telephoned the IGP and ordered to expedite the investigation.
The request made by State Minister DB Herath for further procurement of animal feed including maize from foreign markets until the local harvest is received was also approved.
Ministers Basil Rajapaksa, Douglas Devananda, Dr. Bandula Gunawardena, Mahindananda Aluthgamage, and Ramesh Pathirana, State Ministers Lasantha Alagiyawanna, Janaka Wakkumbura, and DB Herath, SR Attygalle, Secretary to the Ministry of Finance, Bhadrani Jayawardena, Secretary to the Ministry of Commerce, Chaminda Kularatne, Additional Secretary to the Prime Minister, Maj. Gen. Senarath Nivunhella, Commissioner General of Essential Services, Maj. Gen. Vijitha Ravispriya, Director General of Customs. Food Commissioner General J. Krishna Murthy, Lanka Sathosa Chairman Major General Ananda Peiris Secretaries of several Ministries, Additional Secretaries, Heads of Departments and Companies and representatives of the Essential Food Importers Association were also present.