State Minister Chamara Sampath told Parliament today (23) that he will make plans to generate USD 500 million from gem exports next year and if not, he will resign as state minister.
“One billion US Dollars worth of gems have gone out of the country but we have received an income of only 170 million US Dollars. We are having a discussion about the country not receiving enough US Dollars from selling these gems. Dollars should be received within 180 days. I definitely will help generate 500 million US Dollars for the country next year. Otherwise, I will quit as a state minister,” he said.