Military personnel in ceremonial uniform lower the Sri Lanka national flag at Galle Face Green in Colombo on July 23, 2022.
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COLOMBO – Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe on Saturday instructed officials to accelerate the fuel distribution process and focus on providing fuel for school and public transport.
He ordered officials to provide fuel to vehicles that transport school children from all state-run fuel depots.
Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe ordered officials to provide fuel to vehicles that transport school children from all state-run fuel depots
The instruction was given at a meeting to address the fuel crisis in the country, as schools will be reopened after several weeks of closure due to fuel shortages.
Fishermen, farmers and those engaged in tourism also need to be provided adequate quantities of fuel, the president said.
Wickremesinghe said the fuel black market in the country has to be tackled immediately, instructing the police to carry out investigations.
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Sri Lanka has been facing crippling fuel shortages since earlier this year due to foreign exchange shortages.