Wed. Sep 28th, 2022
sri lanka crisis

COLOMBO, SRILANKA : Sri Lanka hiked the price of gasoline by 24.3% and diesel by 38.4% on Tuesday, a record increase in fuel costs despite the country’s greatest economic crisis owing to a lack of foreign exchange reserves.

With the second increase in gasoline prices since April 19, the most commonly used Octane 92 petrol will now cost 420 rupees (USD 1.17) and diesel 400 rupees (USD 1.11) per litre, both at an all-time high.

Ceylon Petroleum Corporation, the state fuel corporation, decided to hike the price of Octane 92 petrol by 24.3 percent, or 82 rupees, and diesel by 38.4 percent, or 111 rupees per litre (CPC).

“At 3 a.m. today, the fuel price will be changed. The Cabinet-approved fuel pricing methodology was used to modify the rates,” Power and Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekara stated on Twitter.

“All costs associated with importing, unloading, distribution to stations, and taxes are included in the price revision.”

“In addition, the Cabinet authorised the modification of transportation and other service prices.” “The formula will be used every two weeks or once a month,” he stated.

The increase came as the public endured lengthy lines at fuel stations affected by shortages.

The retail costs of petroleum have also been hiked by Lanka IOC, the Sri Lankan arm of India’s oil behemoth Indian Oil Corporation.

“We’ve upped our rates to meet the CPC,” LIOC CEO Manoj Gupta told PTI.

Meanwhile, auto-rickshaw operators announced that the first kilometre would cost 90 rupees and the second would cost 80 rupees.

The government declared that directors of institutions would have choice over which staff would be required to report physically as a cost-cutting measure. Allow the others to work from home.

Since 2002, Lanka IOC has been operating in Sri Lanka.

As the government grapples with a serious foreign exchange crisis, Sri Lanka has been considering several possibilities to enable efforts to prevent gasoline pumps from running dry.

The island country is experiencing extraordinary economic difficulties, the worst since its 1948 independence from Britain. Due to a lack of cash to pay for imports, it is experiencing a scarcity of practically all necessities.

Long lines for gasoline, cooking gas, and other commodities have formed due to a catastrophic scarcity of foreign funds, while power outages and increasing food costs have added to the people’s agony.

The economic crisis has sparked a political crisis in Sri Lanka, with demands for President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s resignation. The situation has already prompted President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s elder brother, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, to quit on May 9.

Inflation approaching 40%, food, gasoline, and medical shortages, and continuous power outages have sparked widespread protests and sent the currency plummeting, leaving the government short of foreign currency reserves to pay for imports.

By adele rose

Adele Rose is the senior editor and employee of WGBS Pvt Ltd Digital wing.

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