Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera today proposed lenient laws on beer and wine sales.
Speaking in Parliament, Samaraweera said that steps will be taken by the government to discourage hard liqueur sales in the country.
However he noted that even when there is a ban on liqueur sales for Poya Day, the public purchase and store liqueur a day earlier.
The Minister also noted that imposing a ban on liqueur sales on Christmas Day has a negative impact on tourism.
He said that one way of discouraging hard liqueur sales is to have lenient laws on beer and wine sales. (Colombo Gazette)