Finance Minister proposes lenient laws on beer, wine sales

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)


  1. Finally a suggestion that makes sense, Atleast we have one minister who has guts to say what is right, The christmas day ban is one of the stupidest, was at an Italian restaurant last week and no liquor license, The other stupid rule is to close clubs from 2 to 5 pm, The british introduced this rule and did away with it in their own country, our dumb clowns are still following it.

  2. This is one of best decision taken by this Goverment .tax revenue has been redused significantly compared to law year .
    I think Mr Managala samaraweera should consider to reduce hard liqure pricess also…
    Give people to enjoy thr life …

  3. Bravo finally some sane thinking!
    Good move to keep people off Hard and illegal liquor is to reduce the cost of beers and vine.

  4. Yeah obviously that’s a good decision and it’s appreciate if can cancel the law which, to close liquor bars on poya days and some special days.

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