Govt. removes surcharge on fuel, non-committal about benefit to consumer


by Zacki Jabbar

The government announced last week that it had removed the Rs.26 surcharge imposed on petrol and diesel, but did not commit itself to any benefit for the consumer.

Power, Energy and Transport Minister Mahinda Amaraweera simply said that fuel prices would  not be increased until the end of this year.

A spokesperson for the UNP said that the government had failed to pass on the benefit to the people when the International Benchmark Brent Crude fell by around eight percent to USD  22.76 per barrel, in March this year - its lowest since 2002.

" When we were in power, the consumer was given the benefit of even a small drop in world market  oil prices. This government only keeps talking about unfavourable conditions", he pointed out.

Amaraweera said that international oil prices had increased recently.

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