COLOMBO (NewsRadio); The Petroleum Dealers Association says its members have recommenced placing fuel orders following assurances given by the Minister of Power and Energy.
On Monday, Unions announced that they would refrain from fuel distribution services in protest of the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation’s attempts to recover 45 percent of the discounts awarded to them.
Co-Secretary of the Petroleum Dealers Association Kapila Naotunna also said all fuel orders will be cancelled in protest of the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation charging the usage tax in violation of assurances that the tax will not be charged from filling stations.
Naotunna added the CPC informed that a portion of the discount paid last year will be recovered as a tax from the funds deposited to purchase fuel, while it was stated that the sum will not be charged following the opposition.
However, the union said its members have resumed placing orders for fuel, after the Minister of Power and Energy agreed to repay 45 percent of the discounts awarded to fuel distributors for the operational charges already paid.
The fuel distributors alleged that the CPC reached this decision without informing them in advance.
Meanwhile, Minister of Power and Energy Kanchana Wijesekera reassured that there will be no disruption to the distribution of fuel.
The Minister requested the general public not to panic by misleading news alerts and statements.