Govt dismisses claims of a fuel shortage
Co-Cabinet Spokesman Minister Dr. Ramesh Pathirana has dismissed claims of a fuel shortage in the country and assured that the government has the necessary funds to import fuel.
The Minister was responding to a question raised by a journalist at a media briefing today (28) regarding a recent statement made by former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.
Wickremesinghe blamed the lack of foreign exchange for fuel purchases for a probable extension of the quarantine curfew presently in force.
Minister Pathirana acknowledged that the country is indeed facing a foreign exchange crisis, claiming that it is "not a secret".
He cited the halting of tourism activities due to COVID-19 as the main reason for this, revealing that the country has lost about seven billion dollars in revenue due to the lack of tourism for two years.
However, he expressed hope that tourism in the country will improve in the coming months and a state of normalcy will be reached in the country.
"At present, there is a clear reduction in the number of patients in the country, the number of deaths is decreasing and the number of patients who are dependent on oxygen is declining. Therefore, we are very hopeful that Sri Lanka will be able to enter a new era after October. But, a final decision will hopefully be taken at a meeting on Friday. "