Cooperatives and Internal Trade Ministry has said Special Task Force (STF) personnel are to be deployed to provide security to the economic centers in the country.
Cooperatives and Internal Trade Minister Johnston Fernando has said the move to assign STF personnel to the economic centers are aimed at curbing the alleged corruption and other illegal activities that take place in the centers.
Fernando has told the media that traders would have to abide by the laws or face legal action instituted by the government.
He has said action would be taken to break the mafia that operates in the economic centers and would not allow the mafia to intimidate vendors and to extort them.
The Cooperatives and Internal Trade Ministry believes that breaking down the mafia would also help reduce the vegetable prices in the local market.