Former Director of the Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) Thushan Gunawardena alleged that 11,000 MT of rice not suitable for human consumption had been stored at a private warehouse in Veyangoda and has been planned to be distributed to the general public.
He claimed that the funds received from India have been used to import the rice from Myanmar under the credit line in April 2022. Also, he revealed that the rice had not been imported by Lanka Sathosa but by the Sri Lanka State Trading Corporation. However, at present, the rice is not in a good condition and they are trying to fumigate and sell it to consumers.
“Distributing adulterated commodities to the customers is harmful and the CAA should take immediate actions to investigate and stop the distribution,” said Gunawardena.
Meanwhile, the standard of the rice has been not checked properly before the distribution and he also added that a large sum of money is being wasted under the guise of importing essential commodities. The government should intervene and investigate it right away, he said.
Gunawardena stated that the current situation of the country is a result of the mistakes of the leaders and the Government. In addition, not making use of existing policies or lack of policies also plays a major part in affecting the economy of the country. Proper policies should be made to rebuild the country, he said.
“The Government always made statements saying that they made mistakes. However, they have not made mistakes but they made some bad choices deliberately which have affected the entire country, he said.
Further, if the President believes that declaring the State of Emergency will end public protests against the Government, he is wrong and such acts will increase the wrath of the public, he added.
By Eunice Ruth