President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has instructed the Minister of Power to amend the conditions for purchasing power from private power plants.
Speaking during the weekly Cabinet decisions media briefing Cabinet Spokesman Minister Ramesh Pathirana said no purchase of emergency power was allowed at present.
Minister Ramesh Pathirana said a decision was reached to purchase electricity if the need arises.
He said however the private power plants had stated that electricity must be purchased for three years as a condition, to which the government did not agree.
The Minister added the President instructed the Minister of Power to hold discussions once again, in order to purchase electricity only when the need arises, and to call tenders once again.
Minister Pathirana said therefore any individual can send in tenders to supply electricity when the need arises.
He stated an additional supply will be needed as the capacity of power plants will not be sufficient if the drought continues after March.
The Minister added an additional power supply was not added to the national grid over the past seven years.