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President presides over a meeting with rice mill owners & rice importers

He news 2017 02 14President Maithripala Sirisena emphasized that there should not be room for shortage of rice in the market as well as,  an appropriate mechanism should be implemented promptly to provide rice to the public at subsidiary rates.

He made these remarks during a meeting with the rice mill owners and the rice importers , held at the Presidential Secreatriat, today (14).The President further said that the tax reliefs given when importing rice into the country, should be given to the public at their maximum level.“It is the responsibility of all, to provide rice at a concessionary rate to the public without leaving any room to emerge rice shortage in the market”, the President added.

The President directed officials to declare maximum prices for local and imported rice.He also directed the Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen to take actions to maintain 100000 metric tons of rice in government stores to be used at any required time.The proposals for the solutions for the issues faced by the owners of rice mills and also the problems about the price of the rice were presented to the President during this meeting.

Ministers Ravi Karunanayake, Rishad Bathiudeen, P. Harrison and the Secretary to the President P. B. Abeykoon were among those joined this discussion.

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