Minister of Trade Bandula Gunawardana says 75 new amendments to the Consumer Affairs Authority Act will be introduced in Parliament.
Speaking to media at the Trade Ministry premises, the Minister said, the main objective is to prevent arbitrary price hikes by local rice vendors and to provide rice to consumers at reasonable rates.
The amendments are expected to regulate all sectors such as stockpiling, maintenance, distribution and sale of rice and other essential items.
Minister Gunawardana added stern action will be taken against those who do not comply with these laws.
The Minister added the Ministry of Agriculture, the Paddy Marketing Board and the Food Commissioner’s Department are working together to sell rice at less than Rs.100 a kilogram.