Written by Staff Writer
16 Nov, 2015 | 8:02 pm
The third phase of the programme to establish a country free of intoxicants, commenced under the auspices of President Maithripala Sirisena in Kegalle on Monday, November 16.
Speaking at the event which was held at the St. Joseph’s Girls’ College in Kegalle, President Maithripala Sirisena said that a Presidential Task Force on Drug Prevention has been established.
Speaking at the programme, President Sirisena said that district and divisional Ssecretariats too have been empowered to further the cause of drug prevention.
President Maithripala Sirisena stated that the govt receives a sum of Rs.115 billion rupees from cigarettes (55B) and alcohol (60B) which is an important factor to the state’s income.
He went on to state that as the president, he will take steps to terminate all liquor sales, but the problem is that the government will topple due to such a move.
They are not prepared to grant people any concessions for the sale of intoxicants or for illegal activities – be it out of friendship or loyalty. Explaining further he stated that around 40,000 people die annually as direct or indirect results of legal or illegal alcohol.
In addition to this, he stated that during the past several years the consumption of alcohol has increased, especially beer which has increased drastically among women.
He stated that in order to stop this the law, nor pressure cannot be exerted to accomplish this, whereas it must be done by making it their goal.
Awards were presented at this event to individuals who supported the national programme for the eradication of intoxicants.
News 1st’s Kegalle correspondent Asela Wickramanayake also received an award at this event.
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