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Sri Lanka imposes value controls to sort out meals shortages

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka imposed value controls on key meals on Friday (Sep 3) as the federal government stepped up using emergency powers to counter shortages.

Queues fashioned exterior state-run supermarkets even earlier than they opened to promote sugar seized from personal sellers at new costs lower than half of what was being charged on the open market on Thursday.

“There isn’t a sugar accessible elsewhere,” moaned Ok Perumal, 62, on the Sathosa retailer in Colombo’s Maligawatte space the place he waited for his 2kg quota.

“There are babies in my household, we’d like about six kilos of sugar a month,” he informed AFP. “I’ve not been capable of finding milk in any respect.”

One other shopper, N Wijeratne mentioned 2kg was not sufficient however added: “Rationing is nice as a result of it’s going to let others additionally an opportunity to get some provides.”

The federal government, which declared a state of emergency this week, imposed a most value of 125 rupees (62 US cents) for 1kg of sugar and 95 rupees for 1kg of white rice.

There have additionally been sharp value rises for rice, onions and potatoes. Lengthy queues have additionally fashioned due to shortages of milk powder, kerosene oil and cooking gasoline.

Solely authorities shops have been opening due to a nationwide coronavirus lockdown. Most different retailers have solely been engaged in on-line gross sales.

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