No one will be extended privileges in fuel stations – Kanchana

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Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekera has denied reports that MPs are being given subsidised fuel rates.

Taking to Twitter, Wijesekera asserted that “No MP from either side or anyone has been given subsidized rates than the current market prices given to the public“, adding that only ambulances and essential services will be extended privileges in fuel stations.

He added that the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) has also been instructed to carry out an investigation on the rates displayed on the fuel dispenser at the Police garage.

Wijesekera is due to make a statement pertaining to the matter in Parliament today (19).

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka Police issued a statement on the matter, clarifying that the Inspector General of Police had received instructions by Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena to pump fuel for MPs at the Police Garage, as a temporary measure in view of the ongoing crisis.

They noted, however, that the Speaker had instructed that the fuel be provided at the current market price.

Footage of the fuel dispensers at the Police Garage displaying rates such as Rs.121 for a litre of petrol were recently being circulated across media and social media platforms, in comparison to the Rs.338 being charged from citizens.