Feb 01, 2021

Traders refuse to give sugar & tinned fish at Bandula's prices! Featured

Importers and wholesalers have refused to provide sugar and tinned fish at the prices requested by the Ministry of Trade, as per a ministry programme to provide 20 essential commodities at lower prices.

This has come to light during a recent discussion held by the Ministry of Trade where prices of traders were called.

Since prices of imported tinned fish were found to be very high, it has been decided to purchase these from local producers.

Meanwhile, although the ministry had decided to provide sugar at a price below Rs. 85, an issue had popped up since the Consumer Affairs Authority had imposed a control price on the commodity.

In this backdrop, the necessity has risen to cancel the gazette notification issued in this regard, reports say.

Pyramid Wilmar

It is also singular that the representative of Pyramid Wilmar had informed the ministry that sugar can only be given at a price of Rs. 99 per kilo.

Leading businessman - Sajjad Mawzoon has been linked to a sugar tax fraud which is said to be even bigger than the infamous bond scam.  Mawzoon is a director of Pyramid Wilmar (Pvt.) Ltd, which is also a stakeholder of  Shangri-La hotels in Colombo.

Although the Minister of Trade - Bandula Gunawardena has stated that the Cost of Living Committee will be informed that the programme related to the 20 essential commodities will kick off from February, it has been unable to hold the committee meeting scheduled from last Friday (29).

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