Sri Lanka’s government officially reinstated the ban on women buying alcohol and working at establishments that produce or sell alcohol.
Minister of Finance and Mass Media, Mangala Samaraweera on a decision taken by the Cabinet of Ministers withdrew the gazette notification issued announcing the lifting on the ban Thursday (18th).
Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mangala Samaraweera on 10th January announced that he amended the schedule in the Excise Notification no.666 of the Gazette Extraordinary of 1979 to allow females over 18 years to purchase alcohol legally and to allow women to be employed in licensed premises without prior approval from Excise Commissioner.
The gazette notification issued extending the business hours of liquor outlets also was withdrawn Thursday on the request of the cabinet from the Ministry Thursday (18th).
Department of Fiscal Policy of the Ministry of Finance issued an extraordinary gazette notification on 11th January revising the business hours of licensed liquor shops.
The Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mangala Samaraweera Thursday signed a special gazette notification 03/2018 and 04/2018 issued under the Excise Ordinance Act stating the withdrawal of the earlier gazette notifications.
Finance Minister’s move changing the old law banning women from buying alcohol was welcomed by many in Sri Lanka as a positive step towards equal rights for women.
However, the President Maithripala Sirisena opposed the move and instructed the Finance Ministry to rescind the gazette notification that removed the ban and the cabinet of ministers on Tuesday agreed with the President’s decision.