The Ministry of Petroleum Resources Development has been instructed to create a mechanism to prevent kerosene fuel being pumped into public and private vehicles.
The Cabinet of Ministers meeting on 12 June taking up the matters with regard to kerosene fuel prices had noted that with the reduction in prices, petrol stations islandwide will recommence the malpractice of pumping kerosene fuel into vehicles which usually run on petrol or diesel.
Co-Cabinet Spokesperson Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne speaking at the weekly Cabinet briefing yesterday (13) noted that with the reduction in prices, the malpractice will most definitely rise up again.
Accordingly, he noted that due to this observation, President Maithripala Sirisena, during the Cabinet meeting, had directed Minister of Petroleum Resources Development Arjuna Ranatunga to introduce a regulatory method to prevent the recommencement of the malpractice in the country.
He highlighted that the Government does not expect to make any further changes to the prices.
The fuel price revisions recently had doubled the price of a litre of kerosene from Rs 57 to Rs 101. This sparked protests from fishermen around the island who asked that the prices not be changed.