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Petroleum Ministry to conduct probe report on shortage tomorrow

An inquiry will be conducted by the Ministry of Petroleum against those who shut down fuel stations across the country despite the conclusion of the crisis situation.

Minister of Petroleum Arjuna Ranatunga told Ceylon Today that this inquiry will be conducted against the fuel station owners who disallowed the distribution of fuel stocks, during and after the crisis, assuming the situation would result in a price hike.Subsequently, he noted that such action has worsened the crisis situation in the country and it continues to do so despite the steady supply of fuel to stations.

He added that informed sources had reported that certain fuel stations had not distributed diesel to customers in a similar manner.

The Minister emphasized that with the results of the inquiry, steps will be taken to invalidate their filling station licences. Meanwhile Minister Sarath Amunugama who headed the four member Cabinet subcommittee on the petrol shortage stated that their report will be presented tomorrow (14).

(Ceylon Today)

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