During the Cabinet Sub-Committee on Cost-of-Living, the Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa today (24th September) ordered the Controller General of Imports and Exports and the Director General of Sri Lanka Customs to immediately release essential food items blocked due to various reasons at the port.
Speaking at the event, Finance Minister Hon. Basil Rajapaksa requested Trade Minister Hon. (Dr.) Bandula Gunawardane to expedite the distribution of the essential food items to the people through the Co-operative Wholesale Establishment [CWE] and essential food importers.
It was also emphasized that the officials from the Ministry of Trade and Agriculture should be responsible for releasing essential food items including rice to the market without any shortage.
At the request of the Minister of Trade Hon. (Dr.) Bandula Gunawardane, the Prime Minister expedited the investigation into the allegations made in the resignation of the former Executive Director of the Consumer Affairs Authority.
The request made by State Minister of Livestock, Farm Promotion and Dairy and Egg Related Industries Hon. D.B. Herath for further procurement of animal feed including maize from foreign markets was also approved.
Cabinet Ministers Hon. Basil Rajapaksa, Hon. Douglas Devananda, Hon. (Dr.) Bandula Gunawardane, Hon. Mahindananda Aluthgamage, Hon. (Dr.) Ramesh Pathirana, State Ministers Hon. Lasantha Alagiyawanna, Hon. Janaka Wakkumbura, Hon. D. B. Herath, Mr. S. R. Attygalle- Secretary to the Treasury & Ministry of Finance, Ms. J.M.B. Jayawardana- Secretary of the Ministry of Trade, Mr Chaminda Kularatne- Additional Secretary to the Prime Minister, Major General M.D.S.P Niwunhella- Commissioner General of Essential Services, Major General (Retd) Vijitha Ravipriya- Director General of Sri Lanka Customs Department, Mrs. J. Krishnamoorthy- Food Commissioner, Rear Admiral (Retd) Ananda Peiris- Chairman of the Cooperative Wholesale Establishment (CWE) and Secretaries of several Ministries, Additional Secretaries, Heads of Departments and representatives of the Essential Food Commodities Importers & Traders Association (EFCITA) were also present at the meeting.