Speaking at the Cabinet press briefing this morning, Prof. G. L. Peiris said that move was necessitated by the rising cost of living. rn
rnHe added that Indian wheat would be available in the local market early next week at Rs. 15.00 a kilo, following successful negotiations by Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe during his recent trip to India. . rn
rnMeanwhile , Professor Peiris said the government would now negotiate with Prima to reduce its price on wheat and related products. rn
rnThe price of wheat flour has shot up to as much as Rs. 22 a kilo in recent weeks. rn
rnWhen asked what other measures would be taken to reduce the cost of living Professor Peiris said the government was looking at all alternatives but did not have any firm decisions yet.