UNP condemns fuel price hike

The opposition UNP has condemned the decision to increase the price of petrol octane 90 with effect from yesterday.

UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake, in a statement, said that the price increase will affect even the ordinary man who uses a motorcycle and three-wheeler.

Both the CPC and LIOC announced yesterday that the price of petrol octane 90 had been increased by Rs. 10 per litre.

Attanayake says that on average a family which uses 2 litres of petrol a day is now compelled to increase its spending on petrol by Rs. 600 which is equal to 10 kilos of rice or 5 kilos of sugar.

He also said that although the government had promised a Rs. 1500 salary allowance for government servants in the 2013 budget the government was seemingly attempting to recover that money through a fuel price increase.