Fuel sub­sidy mooted in wake of re­cent price hike

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - NEWS - BY YOHAN PERERA

The Min­istry of Trans­port has pro­posed the in­tro­duc­tion of a fuel sub­sidy to the peo­ple in the wake of the re­cent fuel price hike, State Min­is­ter of Trans­port and Civil Avi­a­tion Ashok Abeysinghe in­formed Par­lia­ment last morn­ing.

State Min­is­ter Abeysinghe gave this as­sur­ance in re­sponse to an oral ques­tion raised by Op­po­si­tion MP Dayasiri Jayasekera where he in­quired about the steps the govern­ment would take to give some re­dress to the peo­ple in the wake of the ever in­creas­ing cost of trans­porta­tion. “We have been in­formed that school van own­ers are also plan­ning to in­crease their fees in the wake of the fuel price hike. Also I heard some peo­ple curs­ing all 225 of our MPS. They have said Par­lia­ment should cave in on top of us, thereby killing us. Can one blame all 225 MPS for the price hike?” he asked.

Mr. Abeysinghe in re­sponse said it is un­likely that school vans would in­crease their fees as the price of diesel had not in­creased. “Any­way our min­istry had pro­posed the pay­ment of a sub­sidy to the peo­ple in the wake of the re­cent fuel price hike,” he added.

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