Written by Bella Dalima
12 Sep, 2014 | 10:05 pm
Minister Dullas Alahapperuma addressing a media briefing held on Thursday stated that if it is proven that the current government issued liquor licenses he would resign from his post.
In response to this, Leader of the JVP Anura Kumara Dissanayaka stated that his main objective was to show that if government policies are against alcohol, then government officials owning bars were unacceptable.
He made this statement at a media briefing held in Colombo on Friday
[quote]What is the government policy? The government policy is Mathata Thitha. Who is there to implement these policies? There are ministers and Provincial Council members. Let us think for a moment that they had not issued licenses recently – they have – but lets just think for a moment. If Matha Thitha is the government policy, then who is supposed to implement these policies, who is supposed to take it to the villages? In such a backdrop is it okay for ministers, parliamentarians and provincial councillors to be bar owners? Who owns the North Western Distillery? Johnston Fernando. Who owns the Hingurane Distillery? Deputy Minister Lakshman Fernando. Who owns half the bars in Kurunegala? Johnston Fernando. Who owns the other half of the bars? Jayarathna Herath. Who owns the distillery in Kaduwela?. Budhdhadasa. Who owns the distillery in Elpitiya? Muthtuhettige. They are the people who runs bars and distilleries. What we wanted to prove is that it is those individuals who are in the government that that are involved in the alcohol business…that is the challenge that I put forth to Dullas.[/quote]
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