Minister of Energy Udaya Gammanpila says there is no fuel shortage in the country.
Speaking at a media briefing yesterday, the Minister said all efforts are being taken to ensure the price of fuel sold by the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation is not increased.
The Minister said the opposition and trade unions influenced by them have been circulating rumours of a fuel shortage for the past three months adding the public too has been deceived by such claims.
The Minister added when people flock to filling stations to top up tanks, following such rumours, a shortage of fuel is inevitably created as fuel is supplied to filling stations to suffice for a day or two at most.
Minister Gammanpila said a request was made from the Ministry of Finance to provide concessions to ensure the public is not burdened, though a response is yet to be received.
He claimed that there is no intention at present of increasing fuel prices in the near future adding that he will make a statement if such a situation arises.