'Sathosa' opened in Jaffna for the third time

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 28 July 2009, 18:10 GMT]
Bandula Gunawardena, Sri Lanka’s Minister of Trade, Marketing Development Cooperative and Consumer Affairs, declared open a branch of Lanka Sathosa, a branch of the CWE, in Jaffna Windsor Theatre Tuesday, sources in Jaffna said. Sathosa was opened in Jaffna twice before but had been closed down as the government failed to send goods to keep it functioning, the sources added.

'Sathosa' opened in Jaffna
'Sathosa' opened in Jaffna
The first opening of Sathosa in Jaffna was in 1996 when Sri Lanka Army occupied Jaffna peninsula but it had to be closed down within a year.

When it was opened again during the Cease Fire Agreement between the government and the Liberation Tigers in Windsor Theatre it could only function for three months.

Bandula Gunawardene and Minister Douglas Devananda attended the Tuesday event under tight security arrangements.

Bandula Gunawardene said that the Sathosa branch in Jaffna is being opened according to President Mahinda Rajapakse’s wish to provide the people of Jaffna peninsula goods at reasonable Colombo prices.

He further said that Sathosa will help to develop mutual trade between Jaffna and the South and added that action has been taken to enable peninsula fishermen to take their catch in cooler vehicles to Colombo.

Meanwhile, two cooler vehicles that took fish to Colombo on 11 July amidst much publicity were not allowed to return to Jaffna by the SLA, Fisheries society representatives in Jaffna said.

SLA had said that though the two coolers were permitted to take fish to Colombo they had failed to obtain permission to return to Jaffna.

Now the two coolers from Jaffna are blocked at Puththa’lam for more than two weeks, the sources added.


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