Plans afoot to reduce CoL in Jaffna
Jaffna’s famous Windsor cinema hall will be turned into a Lak Sathosa
outlet within two weeks to bring down the prevailing high prices of
essential goods in Jaffna, Trade, Commerce and Cooperatives Minister
Bandula Gunawardena told a meeting in Jaffna yesterday.
Ministers Bandula Gunawardena, Douglas Devananda, Tissa Karaliyadda
and Mahindananda Aluthgamage held discussions with the members of the
Jaffna Chamber of Commerce, small and medium traders and farmers at the
Jaffna Kachcheri to seek ways to bring down the cost of living and
address their problems. During the discussion, it was revealed that
there was a monopoly created by some traders and steps should be taken
to arrest the situation.
Not only essential goods, but prices of vegetables like drumsticks
and tomatoes were high as Rs. 400 per kilogram though drumsticks were
freely available in Jaffna.
The Ministers emphasized that it was now a new Sri Lanka, one nation
and President Mahinda Rajapaksa did not want to have different prices
for essential goods whether it was in Colombo, Galle, Matara or Jaffna.
The Ministers suggested that farmers send their products directly to
the special Economic Centre at Narahenpita without sending them through
intermediary channels so that the products would be in good quality and
fetch better prices.
Minister Gunawardena said two new outlets of the State Trading
Corporation and Building Materials Corporation would be set up to bring
down the high prices of cement, tyres and tubes.
Jaffna Chamber of Commerce members requested the Ministers to
increase the number of lorries transporting goods from Colombo to Jaffna
which was around 30 to 40. The Ministers said they would extend their
fullest cooperation to bring down the prices of goods.