In a bid to prevent any rice shortage in the market, the Government yesterday decided to keep all main rice mills in the country open to continue uninterrupted paddy processing .
This decision was taken at a meeting with the ruling party members of the former Parliament yesterday. This meeting held in Colombo under the patronage of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has focused a number of issues faced by the people due to the outbreak of Covid 19 in the country.
It was also revealed at the meeting that the country has ample paddy stocks to meet the requirement of the people and there is no room for any rice shortage in the country.
It was also decided at this meeting that rice mills should be declared an essential service to ensure uninterrupted processing of paddy , if required.
The President and the Prime Minister also focused on a number of issues in the fisheries sector. Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa directed the Finance Ministry Secretary to discuss these issues with the Fisheries Corporation and solve them immediately.