Lanka Sathosa has taken initiatives to provide essential commodities to the people at relief rates during the New Year season.
Lanka Sathosa Chief Executive Officer Mohammed Rizwan Hameed Faaaz told the media the consumers could purchase the essential items at relief rates from about 400 outlets located island wide.
In addition, mobile trucks would be selling these commodities at selected populated places such as near railway stations and at bus stands next week.
The CEO assured that there would be no shortcomings of these essential commodities for the festive season.
Hector Kobbekaduwa Agrarian Research Institute Marketing Chief Duminda Priyadarshana said that the rice stocks that they would be receiving is sufficient for a period of eight months and shortage of rice therefore is not expected, state television network reported.
Imported rice is now available in the market at a low cost and the Government has decided to extend the tax relief for rice imports for one month.
Ministry of Industries and Commerce Director Indika Ranatunga said that a request has been made by companies to increase the price of a kilogram of milk powder by Rs. 100. But the final decision has not yet been received. She said that the price of milk powder may not increase.
The official said since the price of cooking gas had also not been increased for the past two years, the LP gas companies had also sought an increase in prices seeking some relief for them. However, a decision has been made not to increase the prices at this time.