The Ministry of Industries said they have taken measures to supply fuel to those engaged in the gem industry via Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB) depots.
They confirmed that this decision had been taken following discussions between Ministry officials and the SLTB.
According to subject Minister Ramesh Pathirana, fuel will be provided to 250 gem pits currently being excavated in the Ratnapura District with the use of backhoes.
The Minister has also added that fuel will also be distributed to another 4,000 registered gem pits in the country.
By Amith Gamage