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Beer Companies barred from sponsoring annual big matches, carnivals: Akila

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Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam has observed that the government has not approved the sponsorship of beer companies for annual big matches and carnivals of leading schools.

He made this observation in response to a matter raised by Parliamentarian Buddhika Pathirana during the question round in Parliament. He said:
"We have banned obtaining such sponsorships for any tournament at schools. Measures were taken to ban the advertising intoxicants. Committees have been appointed at school level to address the drug menace and implement a programme to minimise children getting into the habit.

It is not that easy to deal with the situation since drugs are available outside schools. We are doing our best to control, and we initiated a programme to arrest those engaged in such activities. Those were now minimised."

Earlier Parliamentarian Buddhika Pathirana said toffees mixed with heroin were sold to schoolchildren. Tattoo machines have found their way into schools and during school carnivals beer companies set up stalls. Some past pupils' associations support this trend.

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