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Excise Department announces closure of all licensed wine stores during Sinhala and Tamil New Year

Colombo, Sri Lanka – The Excise Department announced today that all licensed wine stores will be closed during the Sinhala and Tamil New Year celebrated on April 13th and 14th, 2023. The decision was made to prevent the illegal sale of alcohol during the festive period.

The Commissioner General of Excise, Mr. Saman Dissanayake, stated that 1200 officials have been assigned to conduct raids to inspect and apprehend owners of licensed wine stores for illegally selling alcohol during this period. The officers have also been tasked with conducting raids to apprehend those selling narcotics during this period.

Mr. Dissanayake warned that any licensed wine store found violating the closure order will face legal action, including the cancellation of their license. He also urged the public to cooperate with the authorities to ensure a peaceful and alcohol-free New Year celebration.

The Commissioner General of Excise further stated that the public with information on the illegal sale of alcohol and narcotics can contact the Excise Department via its hotline 1913. He assured the public that all information received will be kept confidential.

The closure of licensed wine stores during the Sinhala and Tamil New Year is a regular practice in Sri Lanka, aimed at promoting a healthy and peaceful celebration. The Excise Department’s efforts to prevent illegal sales during this period are an important step towards ensuring public safety and the wellbeing of the people.

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