Prices of essentials slashed
Lanka Sathosa yesterday reduced the prices of a range of essential
commodities to provide maximum relief to consumers on a special
directive from President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
According to Internal Trade and Cooperative Minister Johnston
Fernando, prices of sprats, sugar, canned fish, Samba rice, white raw
rice, Nadu rice, red Nadu and lentil will be reduced in all Lak Sathosa
outlets islandwide from today.
The minister after having analyzed the tender prices and the market
prices of essential commodities with the Lak Sathosa management, pointed
out consumers could be given maximum relief by following a price
reduction of essential commodities.
He said a special investigation unit will inspect Lak Sathosa
branches islandwide to ensure that these items are available at a
The minister said the government is taking all possible measures to
keep prices of essential commodities low.
Minister Fernando said the price reduction was introduced to have a
control in the prices as black marketeers are increasing the prices of
essential goods at their own will.