June 08, Colombo: State Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Dilip Wedaarachchi has said that the government considering the difficulties faced by the low income people including the fisher folk has decided to provide kerosene oil at low prices from Monday.
The State Minister said that as a result of the discussion held with the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on the issue of kerosene prices on Wednesday in Parliament, the Ministry Secretary held discussions with the Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera and the senior Treasury officials and the decision to reduce kerosene prices was taken during the discussion.
The government has decided to reduce the raised price of a liter of kerosene by an amount between Rs. 25 to Rs. 30, said State Minister Dilip Wedaarachchi.
According to Minister Wedaarachchi, the public will be able to get a liter of kerosene oil from Rs 70 to 80 from next Monday.
The price of kerosene liter was Rs. 44 before and the price was increased by Rs. 57 to Rs 101 effective from May 10.
The government raised price of kerosene since the subsidized oil given for the poor fishermen is misused. It has been reported recently that private bus owners were using kerosene oil instead of diesel.
However, the government decided to grant kerosene subsidies to low income households that do not have electricity and owners of fishing boats using kerosene.