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Bandula Gunawardene Grants Permission for Roadside Trading During New Year Festive Season

The Minister of Transport and Highways, Bandula Gunawardene, has announced that permission will be granted for individuals to carry out trade activities on the sides of roads in all parts of the island during the upcoming New Year festive season.

Speaking at an event in Galle, Minister Gunawardene stated that producers will be allowed to sell their goods on the sides of roads temporarily, from April 1 to April 12. Previously, such special locations were reserved for selling garment items in several places, including Maharagama city.

The minister emphasized that this permission will be extended to producers who are temporarily engaged in self-employment to sell their products directly to consumers in the same way in other parts of the country until the end of the festival season.

He further stated that manufacturers are temporarily entitled to this permission to sell their products on the sides of roads without making permanent constructions in specific areas with the approval and supervision of the Divisional Secretary of the respective area.

This move is expected to provide relief for local producers who have been struggling due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. It will also offer an opportunity for consumers to purchase goods at affordable prices during the festive season.

The minister added that this decision was made in accordance with the government’s policy of promoting and supporting local businesses and entrepreneurs.

The announcement has been welcomed by the public, particularly those engaged in self-employment, as it provides a much-needed opportunity for them to increase their income during the festive season.

The Ministry of Transport and Highways has assured the public that all necessary measures will be taken to ensure the safety and security of traders and consumers during the New Year festive season.

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