Kanchana says ready to face COPE

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Minister of Power and Energy Kanchana Wijesekera requested the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) to inquire into the allegations levelled by the Public Utilities Commission (PUCSL) Chairman in regard to fuel prices and the procurement process.

In a tweet, Wijesekera requested COPE Chairman, Dr. Charitha Herath to summon Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) officials and him before the committee to probe the allegations.

“An investigation should be held if COPE and the public were misled by the PUCSL Chairman or the CPC on fuel pricing and any other matter,” Wijesekera said.

PUCSL Chairman Janaka Ratnayake claimed at COPE that petrol and diesel can be sold at approximately Rs 250 in
Sri Lanka.

Ratnayake said this when COPE met in Parliament this week to examine the Auditor General’s report for 2018 and 2019 and review the PUCSL’s performance.

Elaborating, Ratnayake said this is revealed when checking the statistics on the import prices of petroleum and the taxes levied by the Government. He pointed out that petrol and diesel can be provided in Sri Lanka at Rs 200 less than the present price. According to this, petrol and diesel can be sold at a price of approximately Rs 250. He also said the Government has collected a tax of Rs 280 for one litre of diesel imported on 1 July.

He said this is his personal view and he would make the statement after consulting data.