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So Much For ‘Mathata Thitha’

Sep 3, 2011 3:14:29 PM - thesundayleader.lk

There has been an increase in liquor  consumption in Sri Lanka despite the government’s ‘Mathata Thitha” program.
An official of the Excise Department told The Sunday Leader that over 70 million litres of liquor was consumed in 2009 and over 75 million litres in 2010.
In 2008, 1071 wine stores were operating in the country while 2809 outlets including bars and clubs had a license to sell or distribute liquor.
In 2009 there were 1073 wine stores operating and 2820 outlets had a license to distribute or sell liquor.
Finance and State Revenue Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya had told Parliament in 2009 that the government had not issued any liquor licence to open new liquor shops and measures were also taken  to stop the production of illicit liquor.
He said the measures were in line with the “Mathata Thitha” program. Although the consumption of liquor cannot completely be stopped at once, the “Mathata Thitha” program has been successfully implemented by the government, the Minister had said.
So Much For ‘Mathata Thitha’
There has been an increase in liquor  consumption in Sri Lanka despite the government’s ‘Mathata Thitha” program.
An official of the Excise Department told The Sunday Leader that over 70 million litres of liquor was consumed in 2009 and over 75 million litres in 2010.
In 2008, 1071 wine stores were operating in the country while 2809 outlets including bars and clubs had a license to sell or distribute liquor.
In 2009 there were 1073 wine stores operating and 2820 outlets had a license to distribute or sell liquor.
Finance and State Revenue Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya had told Parliament in 2009 that the government had not issued any liquor licence to open new liquor shops and measures were also taken  to stop the production of illicit liquor.
He said the measures were in line with the “Mathata Thitha” program. Although the consumption of liquor cannot completely be stopped at once, the “Mathata Thitha” program has been successfully implemented by the government, the Minister had said.