The JVP is demanding that the Government brings in an urgent Bill to amend the clause in the Consumer Affairs Authority Act, which made way for the Prima Company to increase the price of wheat flour as and when it wanted.
`We too could bring a Bill to amend this but according to procedure it will take another six months if we submit it now. The best option is for the government to bring an urgent Bill and then we too would support it to scrap the law permitting Prima to raise flour prices without the Government`s approval,` JVP Parliamentary Group Leader Wimal Weerawansa told The Island yesterday.
`When this Act was passed by the then UNF Government, we stood against it and pointed out that the offending clause would be dangerous. Yet, neither the UNP nor the PA, which was in the Opposition then, saw the point we raised. The Government is now helpless in the face of the monopoly by a private company,` he said.
`We have discussed this issue and our position is that scrapping the law alone would not be enough. The Government should think of moving from wheat flour to alternatives and must revitalise an indigenous food culture which would not depend on foreign companies,` Weerawansa said.
The JVP will commence a campaign, both inside and outside Parliament, to fight against the monopoly and expects that the Government to bring an urgent Bill to amend the clause in the Consumer Affairs Authority Act 2003, he said.