Flaw in gazette on MRP for coconuts: NPP

  • Inches not a recognised form of measurement

By Skandha Gunasekara

A flaw in the gazette notification on the Maximum Retail Price (MRP) for coconuts could make it unenforceable before a court of law, The Morning learnt.

National People’s Power (NPP) member Counsel Sunil Watagala said that inches are not recognised as a form of measurement in Sri Lanka.

“Sri Lanka recognises the metric system and so inches is not legally a valid form of measurement. This could result in the gazette notification unable to be enforced and thus, any wrongdoers could forgo a penalty,” he explained. 

The gazette notification issued on the MRP of coconuts has specified coconut sizes by measurement in inches.

Recently, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) Leader MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake told the media that authorities would not be able to penalise those who failed to follow the new MRP due to the alleged error in the gazette. 

Last Friday (25), the Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) issued a gazette notification stipulating a MRP for coconuts.

As per the gazette notification, the highest MRP for a coconut is Rs. 70 for fruits that have a circumference of over 13 inches. 

Several attempts by The Morning to reach the CAA for their views failed.