Minister denies claims MPs getting fuel at subsidized rate

Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekera has denied claims that Parliamentarians are being given fuel at a subsidized rate.

There were reports that the Narahenpita Police garage was pumping fuel for MPs at Rs. 121 a liter.

However, Minister Kanchana Wijesekera insisted that no MP from either side or anyone has been given subsidized rates than the current market prices given to the public.

“While I do understand the frustration and anger from the public, posts shared on MPs been given subsidized fuel rates is false. No MP from either side or anyone has been given subsidized rates than the current market prices given to the public,” he tweeted.

The Minister said that he has instructed the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) to carry out an investigation on the rates displayed in the dispenser at the Police garage.

He insisted that no one will be extended privileges on fuel stations other than ambulances and essential services.

Sri Lanka is currently facing a serious shortage of fuel resulting in long queues outside fuel stations around the country. (Colombo Gazette)