Divisional Secys to steer clear

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Divisional Secretaries will no longer interfere with fuel distribution for essential services through filling stations until a proper plan to deal with the fuel crisis is formulated.

Secretary to the Sri Lanka Association of Divisional Secretaries and Assistant Divisional Secretaries Hemantha Kumara said, the State Ministry of Home Affairs requires the Divisional Secretaries’ assistance to develop and implement a practical plan to distribute fuel.

He said the Divisional Secretaries have intervened to release fuel for essential services during the crisis owing to the inability to supply fuel to meet the present demand.

“A letter of recommendation from the Divisional Secretaries was submitted to the filling stations to supply fuel for essential services and agricultural machinery nominated by the Government. We would like to inform that the Divisional Secretaries carried out this work on the written instructions of the Secretary to the State Ministry of Home Affairs, the Chairman of the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation, and the newly appointed Commissioner General of Essential Services. It was also informed that the Commissioner General of Essential Services designated several separate filling stations in each district to supply fuel for essential services, and it was also directed that the Divisional Secretaries make a written recommendations to those who needed to obtain fuel from those filling stations,” he said.

In addition, he said the post of Commissioner General of Essential Services has been abolished, and the Divisional Secretaries are unable to perform their duties due to the invalidity of instructions issued by the Commissioner.

By Thameenah Razeek