Minister of Public Security Sarath Weerasekara says the fuel and gas crises could emerge under any administration as it stems from the foreign exchange crisis.
Minister Weerasekera expressed his regret to the public for having to stand in queues adding that Ministers must accept responsibility.
The Minister said the fuel consumption has increased by 50 percent adding the daily demand for petrol has increased to 5,500MT from the usual 3,000MT, while the demand for diesel has increased from 5,500MT to 7,500MT.
He further said a single fuel station now requires at least three bowsers of fuel claiming the schedule for fuel shipments docking at ports has also changed.
Minister Weerasekara claimed the public also has a responsibility to be more mindful when purchasing fuel adding the public is filling jerry cans after pumping full tanks.
The Minister said the public must not only lay blame on the government as the government will also address its shortcomings.
He said water sources at reservoirs depleted due to hydro power generation as generation at the Norochcholai Coal Power Plant was suspended for three weeks.
The Minister noted the government is responsible for failing to educate the public over developments.