Govt lacks clear plan for fuel distribution – Attanayake

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The Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) alleged that the government lacks a clear plan to solve the fuel crisis.

Addressing the media, yesterday (25) SJB MP Tissa Attanayake said while a QR code system has been introduced, the public is still unable to obtain fuel based on this system.

“Fuel queues are kilometres long these days and two more deaths were reported on 24 July from queues. According to the QR code system, the government intends to reduce the daily usage of petrol to 2,000MT and diesel to 3,000MT as they have not placed orders for fuel for the period after 15 August,” he added.

Attanayake charged that no programme is in place until September. He said the QR code is an eyewash to hide the delays of the process of placing orders.

Meanwhile, he inquired about the measures taken by the government to contain the possible spread of Monkeypox in Sri Lanka.

“The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared Monkeypox a global health emergency. The WHO advised to take steps to control a possible spread. Health authorities have stated that monkeypox has not entered Sri Lanka. Similar kinds of statements were made at the beginning of Covid-19 pandemic,” he added.

By Nabiya Vaffoor