The National Movement for Consumer Rights Protection (NMCRP) will soon be lodging a complaint at the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) over sugar from the Sevanagala factory allegedly being sold to a businessman affiliated with the Government instead of being sold directly to the Sathosa.
Sevanagala Sugar Industries Limited is under the Lanka Sugar Company Limited, which is under the Ministry of Industry and Commerce.
Chairman of the NMCRP, Ranjith Withanage said that they were presently uncovering details of the said businessman who had on several occasions now purchased sugar from Sevanagala at Rs 81 and would sell it to another businessman (mudalali), from whom Sathosa would after following the tender procedure, buy the sugar from.
Sathosa then sells sugar to the consumer at Rs 88, he added.
Elsewhere, even though State institutions including the Military, hospitals and ports require rice, there is no investigation being conducted into paddy from the last season purchased from farmers at Rs 45 being sold to a liquor manufacturing company at Rs 42 and being sold at Rs 35 to close associates of Ministers of the Government, he alleged.
“We hope the same fate does not happen to the paddy stored in the massive new paddy storage house in Buttala,” he observed.