Key commodities: Dr. Pathirana hints at higher pricing
By Thameenah Razeek
Co-Cabinet Spokesman Dr. Ramesh Pathirana yesterday (22) spoke about the possibility of higher pricing for key commodities, adding that future choices regarding the matter will be made based on the US dollar fluctuation. Speaking at the weekly Cabinet Media briefing at the Department of Government Information, Dr. Pathirana said the Government has not made a final decision on raising the prices of essential commodities.
He said the Government is presently dealing with a dilemma in which dealers or manufacturers are not producing commodities in adequate numbers to meet market demand, making the consumers suffer. Speaking further, Dr. Pathirana said the Government will consider both the vendor’s and the customer’s wellbeing when taking a decision regarding the matter. However, no decision to raise the prices of essential items has been made so far, he added.