Udaya Gammanpila, Minister of Energy says that the present government has continued to supply fuel to the country in the face of difficult conditions and that the entire nation should be glad about that.
“I saw the trade unions of the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) protesting yesterday demanding the opening of an oil refinery and the import of crude oil. We stopped importing crude oil because the country’s existing foreign exchange needs to be used sparingly. As the Minister of Energy, I have no ability to earn dollars. Then I too can protest in front of the Treasury asking for dollars. But what we did instead was only help the Treasury devise alternative methods of earning dollars.
It is the responsibility of the trade unions who love the country to show us the alternative if there is something wrong with the way we do it. Instead, I have to remind the trade unions of the bitter truth that a number of state institutions that adopted such childish trade union action have been shut down.
The whole nation, not just our trade unions, should be happy that Sri Lanka, which has no dollars to buy oil and no tanks to stockpile, has so far ensured a continuous supply of fuel. This is a miracle ”
Minister Udaya Gammanpila stated this addressing a media briefing held at the Ministry of Energy yesterday (18).