MP Harsha de Silva and Min. Fernando debate proposed security stamp

MP Harsha de Silva and Min. Fernando debate proposed security stamp

Written by Staff Writer

08 Jul, 2014 | 10:12 pm

According to UNP MP Dr. Harsha de Silva, Minister of Co-operatives and Internal Trade, Johnston Fernando, had said in Parliament that the proposed security stamp, which was to be introduced for selected goods on  August 1, will not be looked at for another five years.

We are now in receipt of the debate that took place between MP Dr. Harsha de Silva and Minister Johnston Fernando, over the security stamp gazette notice.

UNP MP Dr. Harsha de Silva:

Cool drinks, water, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, electric switches. Honourable Minister,  it has been asked that a sticker be placed on these when selling them. I am bringing this up for a reason.

Minister Johnston Fernando:

The government will not put stickers on small items like shampoo sachets and increase prices. There is a gazette. This is a long term programme. We are starting this with bottled water. Numerous complaints have been lodged with regard to bottled water, and we took this decision after surveying this. This is a decision taken for the people. We will not allow the prices of any goods to be increased.

MP Harsha de Silva:

He says this will not happen, but I will read out the gazette notice. It says, all importers or foreign suppliers, must guarantee at customs storage, that the packaging of all units, carries this security stamp. It does not say that it is not needed for shampoo sachets. If that is the case, rescind this gazette.

Minister Johnston Fernando:

As the Minister, I wish to clearly note that we can publish gazette notices. We can decide whether it will be extended for five years or ten years.

MP Harsha de Silva:

Thank you, honourable Minister, If you are saying that you will not allow a price increase, then it is good. This is the task of the opposition. If we are able to talk about this and obtain some relief for the people, then that is carrying out the democratic task of the opposition. We are very happy if we have been able to do this. But Minister, I would like to finally note that this says that the order will be effective from  August 1 2014. If he is saying it will happen in five years while the document says next month, then there is a disparity. Thereby Minister, if you can act upon what you are saying legitimately, then we will be happy.

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