Sri Lanka Sri Lanka’s cupboard on Tuesday unanimously determined to withdraw two gazette notifications which might allow girls over 18 years to purchase alcohol, in addition to to work in outlets promoting or manufacturing alcohol drinks.
Minister of Ports and Shipping, Mahinda Samarasing, the choice was reached when the cupboard met for its weekly assembly.
The choice, she stated, comes after President Maithripala Sirisena stated that he would name for a reversal of the 2 gazette notifications issued by the Finance Ministry.
The President stated he had solely discovered in regards to the transfer from the newspapers.
Sri Lankan Finance Ministry earlier lifted the ban on promoting alcohol to girls and prohibiting girls from working in locations the place alcohol is manufactured or bought, for the primary time in practically 60 years.
The Finance Ministry later additionally introduced that it might additionally permit liquor outlets to remain open for enterprise until 11 p.m.
Currently all liquor institutions within the island have to shut at 10 p.m..
NAN experiences that Sri Lanka reimposed the decades-old legislation banning the sale of alcohol to girls, simply two days after it was lifted.
Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera revoked the 1979 legislation on Friday.
“I spoke with the finance minister, …prime minister, and a number of other different ministers and requested them to cancel the gazette instantly.
“The gazette will be withdrawn from tomorrow,” President Maithripala Sirisena stated at an election rally on Sunday.
The transfer comes as the federal government’s most important coalition companions, the center-left Sri Lanka Freedom Party and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s centre-right United National Party, are campaigning for long-delayed native elections.
Officials on the finance ministry stated the ban was lifted after repeated requests from the tourism business to increase bar hours and permit feminine vacationers to purchase alcohol.
The transfer was criticised by opposition parliamentarians who stated the transfer would injury Sri Lanka’s Buddhist values.
Sinhalese Buddhists account for greater than 70 per cent of the island nation’s 21 million inhabitants.
Sri Lanka will maintain native authorities elections on Feb. 10. (Xinhua/NAN)