Gem Miners too hit by lack of fuel

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Miners in Ratnapura District claim that the area’s gem mining industry has come to a halt due to lack of diesel and kerosene. They complained that the distribution of diesel to the district’s petrol stations had not been made for a week and kerosene for two weeks. Water sprayers, backhoes, and gem mining machines are mostly powered by diesel in gem mines. Thousands of gem miners have lost their jobs as a result. According to the gem miners, despite the fact that the country requires dollars to stimulate the gem mining industry, the relevant authorities have failed to take notice of their plight.

BY L. Noroshana