Steps taken to resolve fuel, gas crisis – President

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In a backdrop of the public preparing for large-scale protests in Colombo on Saturday (9) to oust the President and the Government, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Friday evening (8) said, steps have been taken to resolve issues pertaining to the supply of gas, fuel, and essential items.

In a special statement, the President said, gas and fuel stocks will reach Sri Lanka by Tuesday (12).

The President requested the public not to get misled by wrong messages spread by Opposition elements.

“Stocks of essential medicines have been received. The first consignment of 44,000 MT of fertiliser is due to arrive from India on Saturday (9). The country will receive a continuous supply of fuel, gas, and essential goods from 12 July and steps have been taken to introduce several agricultural programmes to prevent food shortages,” he added.

The President also said, the draft of the 21st Amendment to the Constitution has received Cabinet approval.

He said discussions with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have been successful and the financial assistance programme will kick in within the next few weeks. “After a long and well-planned effort, the country is reaping the benefits,” he added.