SJB urges 50% diesel concession for fishers

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The Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) urged the Government to grant a 50 per cent diesel concession to the fishing community.

Speaking to the Media on 27 May, MP Dilip Wedaarachchi said, the fishing community is required to make massive sacrifices to secure funds and purchase fuel required for boat operations and said, those operating a multi-day trawler needed to purchase fuel at exorbitant sums.

“7,250 boats require 700,000 litres of fuel per day. The Government should provide a 50 per cent concession on fuel to the fishing community, and then fishermen will be able to make a minimum wage. The cost of goods such as dry ice and other materials have also skyrocketed. People engaged in the fisheries industry have taken loans and pawned their belongings to continue their trade,” he added. Wedaarachchi said, Sri Lankan leaders do not understand the plight of ordinary citizens who have made huge sacrifices to stay afloat. He also queried why the fuel prices have not been reduced in Sri Lanka, when India has done so.

By Nabiya Vaffoor