Laws are to be enforced strictly in the operation of hotels, restaurants, clubs, karaokes, casinos and other recreational establishments to ensure that they are not used for a activities other than those they are approved to cater to.
A Special Committee headed by Tilak Ranaviraja, Secretary Ministry of Public Security, Law and Order comprising senior officials of the relevant Ministries, departments and statutory organisations, appointed by the President to oversee and monitor the activities of these establishments, has decided on this course of action.
The Presidential Committee is now working on a set of guidelines to grant approval for new recreational establishments. Until these guidelines are worked out by a team of experts, granting approval for the setting up new recreational establishments have been suspended. This follows reports that certain establishments authorised to serve food had been serving liquor and providing simulating drugs such as ecstasy.
The Presidential Committee headed by the Secretary to the Ministry of Public Security Law and Order comprises Secretaries of Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Urban Development and Ministry of Provincial Councils and Local Government, Inspector General of Police, Chairman of Tourist Board, Commissioner of the Excise Department, Chairman Board of Investment, Police Narcotics Bureau, Colombo Municipal Commissioner, Chairman National Dangerous Drugs Control Board, Controller of Department of Immigration and Emigration.
The committee has appointed a Sub Committee with a Secretariat to receive applications for the establishment of new recreational establishments. This Secretariat has already been set up at the Ceylon Tourist Board premises at Galle Road, Kollupitiya and all applications for new recreational establishments should be submitted to the Secretariat addressed to Assistant Director (Corporate Services) Ceylon Tourist Board who could be contacted on Telephone numbers 2382623 or 2437954.