10 April 2020 – Rice mills declared an essential service

Type of Intervention: Executive Order
Sectors Involved: Supply Chains
Intervention Categories: Legal and policy; Regulatory change
Level of Jurisdiction: National
Lead People/Agency: President and Commissioner General of Food and the Chairman of the Consumer Affairs Authority

Overview: Rice mills declared an essential service in order to produce rice in their respective areas using paddy stocks in their possession. Under the instructions of the President, the Secretary to the President P. B. Jayasundara in a letter had informed the Acting Inspector General of Police, the Director General of Health Services, the Commissioner General of Food and the Chairman of the Consumer Affairs Authority to take measures enabling small scale rice mill owners to distribute rice stocks within their respective Divisional Secretariat Divisions, medium scale owners to distribute within the district and large scale owners to distribute in the entire country.

Full details here: http://www.pmdnews.lk/rice-mills-declared-an-essential-service/

Type of Justification: Advice of INTERNAL government advisory committee or group,
Source of Evidence or Justification: News media
Evidence/Justification: “Rice production, storage and distribution is imperative to ensure food security”