Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena has said the Ministry was yet to receive the final amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Control Act from the Legal Draftsman’s Department.
Sirisena has noted that there was an unusual delay in getting the legal draft of the amendments to the Act approved.
The Minister has said that the draft was submitted to the Legal Draftsman’s Department over a year ago.
The amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Control Act are aimed at addressing certain weaknesses in implementation of the clauses in the Act.
According to Sirisena, the proposed amendments have been prepared in the best interest of the public and suggestions from the tobacco and alcohol companies had not been accommodated.