‘Govt can reduce fuel prices be Rs.14 at present’

2020-02-15 at 14:09

Petroleum Trade Unions claim the price of a litre of petrol and diesel can be reduced by Rs.14 in line with the decrease in prices of crude oil in the world market.

Secretary of the Jathika Sevaka Sangamaya, a chapter of the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation, Ananda Palitha claimed the government is not providing the public with the relevant concessions with ulterior motives.

Minister of Power and Energy Mahinda Amaraweera yesterday said the crude oil prices in the world market have decreased, stating fuel can be provided to the public at a lower rate if the prices continue to decrease.

However Ananda Palitha noted the government has the ability to provide fuel at lower rates at present.

He charged the government faction of refraining from providing fuel at lower prices, when they had the ability to do so, during Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa’s term in office as the Head of State.

Ananda Palitha added the former United People’s Freedom Alliance government also refrained from lowering fuel prices even after a Court order was issued in this regard, thereby disregarding the judiciary.

He further claimed the present government is refraining from reducing the fuel prices with the aim of decreasing the prices closer to the General Election.

He added the government is attempting to deceive the public in this manner.

Ananda Palitha claimed trade unions will initiate further action if the government fails to provide the concessions to the public.


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