Fuel declared essential service, army takes over distribution

Fuel storage and distribution has been declared an essential service and the army has been deployed to take over distribution from the Kollonawa oil refinery.

The move follows a continuous strike launched by petroleum unions since Monday severely affecting fuel distribution in the country.

President Maithripala Sirisena issued a gazette notice declaring fuel storage and distribution an essential service from today.

The Government today said that fuel distribution bowsers have been instructed to report to the respective fuel storage facilities in order to distribute fuel to the fuel stations.

The Army said that troops have been sent to ensure the security of the oil refinery and also assist in the distribution of fuel.

The Government asked the workers of the Petroleum Corporation to report for duties to prevent the public from facing an inconvenience.

The Government points out that the people are facing an inconvenience due to the disruption of supply and distribution of fuel including petroleum products and gas in the country.

The Government points out if somebody is not reporting for the duty when it has been declared as an essential service, they will be considered as having vacated their posts. (Colombo Gazette)