The so-called independent group in Parliament says two months ago it suggested to the government to manage the existing fuel stocks to avert a crisis.
Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Parliamentarian Weerasumana Weerasinghe claimed that Sri Lanka could’ve avoided long fuel queues witness today, if the government had listened to their advice given some two months ago.
Speaking during an event in Matara, MP Weerasinghe said, the government cannot solely dependent on fuel from India.
He said it should procure fuel from Russia while a fuel quota system should also be introduced.
MP Weerasumana Weerasinghe said at present, amidst the fuel crisis, the Energy Minister is unaware when the next fuel shipment will arrive in the country.
He added even his faction discussed with the Russian Ambassador in Colombo recently regarding the importation of fuel.
MP Weerasinghe stated that they were informed by Embassy officials that further progress on fuel importation can be made, if the government uses diplomatic channels.
Additionally, the Parliamentarian noted that the government did not distribute the existing fuel stocks diligently.
He said if a quota system was used, the fuel stocks that were in the country could be been managed for at least another month.
MP Weerasumana Weerasinghe noted that due to the failure of the government, fuel stocks did not reach to necessary people which have also resulted in long queues at filling stations.