Turmeric import banned, but Ethanol continues despite ban, alleges Saman Ratnapriya

Turmeric import banned, but Ethanol continues despite ban, alleges Saman Ratnapriya

16 September 2020 09:27 am

Despite the government's declaration that Ethanol import will be banned, 2 million litres of ethanol and millions of litres of whiskey, brandy and beer have been imported in the first eight months of 2020, alleged MP Saman Ratnapriya, pointing out that this is conitnued in the backdrop that Turmeric import is banned. 

The MP made this allegation speaking to a press con held by Civil Movements and Trade Unions Collective two days (14) ago.

From January 01 to August 31, 2020, 2 million litres of ethanol has been imported to Sri lanka, the MP revealed. 

"Cattle slaugher is banned, ethanol is banned, luxury vehicles are banned, Turmeric is banned. But beer, whiskey and wine are imported. Excise revenue in June was Rs. 8817 million and in July, Rs. 13557 million, indicating a surge of Rs. 4700 million" Rathnapriya divulged, mocking the Ruling Party by quoting the famous line is it comfy now (Den Sepada) that a change is taking place.

Following the ban of ethanol, beer of 79,021,760 litres of beer, 684,765,400 litres of wine, and 136,195,220 litres of whiskey and brandy have been imported, the MP added, continuing to allege the Ruling Party for doing what they desire.