President orders acceleration of fuel distribution

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President Ranil Wickremesinghe has instructed the officials to accelerate and regularise the islandwide fuel distribution process.

The President gave these instructions during a discussion, held at the Prime Minister’s Office on 23 July, on the fuel issue and its next steps.

There was a wide ranging discussions regarding regularising and expediting the distribution of fuel needed for private and Government buses used for public transportation, as well as fuel needed for education, fishing, tourism and agriculture sectors.

Minister of Education Susil Premajayantha drew the attention of the President to the provision of necessary transportation facilities for the school children as the schools will be opened throughout the island from next Monday. Accordingly, the President instructed the Minister of Transport to issue fuel for buses and vans transporting school children from 3.00 p.m. today at all Sri Lanka Transport Board Depots (SLTB) across the island. 

According to the previous system, it was decided to issue fuel from SLTB Depots and at the Tri-Forces Camps around the island for agricultural activities including fertiliser distribution, fishing, tourism as well as for public transport activities.

Attention was also paid to the smuggling of fuel obtained from fuel stations and selling at higher prices. The President instructed the Police to expand raids and strictly enforce the law against the individuals and groups involved in black-marketing.

The implementation of the introduced QR code system was also discussed. There was also a long discussion between the President, officials of the Finance Ministry and the State Banks regarding fuel.