For several years the Rajapaksa regime appears to have been politically intoxicated with its ‘Mathata thitha’ campaign, claiming or boasting that it has significantly reduced the number of people who are abusing or addicted to tobacco, alcohol or narcotics, Daily Mirror noted a few weeks ago.
According to a report tabled in Parliament early this month, the Excise Department has renewed the licences of five big liquor companies though they owed more than Rs. 1.6 billion in taxes by the end of last year.
The same Daily Mirror editorial noted; “Pouring more drinks and adding one for the road to the political cocktail and concoctions, is the disclosure that last year 55 new liquor licences were issued, most of them probably to politicians or business patrons of VIPs. This is the highest number of liquor licences in a year issued since 2006. Forty one were issued in 2011, 51 in 2010, 40 in 2009, 36 in 2008, 42 in 2007 and 35 in 2006.
Even a drunken person reading these figures would know that something is going wrong somewhere and the government needs to tighten the stopper if the high spirited ‘Mathata thitha’ is not to turn into ‘Thithata Matha’.”
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