Fuel only for essential services from today

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The Cabinet of Ministers decided last night (27) to release fuel from the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) only to essential services until 10 July.

Health, Port, fertiliser distribution, and other food items are considered as essential services.

During a special Cabinet media briefing, Cabinet Spokesman Minister Bandula Gunawardena said the Cabinet of Ministers took these steps due to the very limited stocks of fuel available with the CPC and the difficulty faced by the Ministry of Power and Energy in distributing fuel.

He also noted that other non-essential services are strongly encouraged to work from home.

He also said the decision to conduct schools would be made by Zonal Directors and school officials.

However, he assured that a comprehensive plan to distribute fuel and LP gas across the country will be in place after 10 July, while apologising for the country’s current crisis.

Gunawardena also said this is simply the result of previous mismanagement.

“Public transportation for short distances will be available, but interprovincial public transportation may be suspended due to the fuel crisis,” he said.

Minister Harin Fernando said at the same press conference that these decisions were made after the crisis worsened due to fuel shipment delays.

He also stated that everything will return to normalcy after 10 July.

He said the system in place is not a lockdown, but rather they would encourage people to work from home.

“We request the public to remain at home. You can buy anything in your neighbourhood. The discussions with the IMF and America have yielded positive results. So, we are hopeful that everything will be distributed by 10 July. We want to instil faith in the people waiting in fuel queues. Kanchana Wijesekara, Minister of Power and Energy, flew to Qatar following the Cabinet briefing, and another minister will travel to Russia. Please have faith in us that the country will return to normalcy after 10 July,” he urged.

BY Thameenah Razeek

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