The state-owned retail network, 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 at a media conference held today said the consumers could purchase the essential items at relief rates from about the 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.
Marketing Chief of the Hector Kobbekaduwa Agrarian Research Institute, Duminda Priyadarshana meanwhile has 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.