President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has decided to appoint a committee to resolve the prevailing issues surrounding the domestic LP Gas cylinders and gas leak explosions reported across the country.
Speaking in Parliament today, State Minister of Co-operative Services and Consumer Protection Lasantha Alagiyawanna announced that the committee is expected to be appointed by Friday.
The State Minister said he acknowledges there is an issue related to domestic LP Gas cylinders in the country. He said the issue is a concern for 40 percent of the families in the country.
State Minister Alagiyawanna noted that not only households but even business premises are affected by the prevailing crisis.
He said the government is determined to resolve the issue and said they are with the consumers.
The State Minister said he is holding discussions with various factions to bring the situation under control.
He said discussions will also be held with importers who bring down parts and equipment related to cookers and gas cylinders.
State Minister Alagiyawanna claimed that officials are working around the clock to address the issues.
He was responding to questions raised by the opposition related to LP Gas cylinder explosions reported across the country.
The opposition was also alluding that the matter is a national security threat since explosions are being reported across the country on a daily basis.
Meanwhile, Speaker of House Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena said the special Parliament Advisory Committee will convene at 9am tomorrow to deliberate the domestic LP Gas cylinder crisis.
The meeting is scheduled to be held at the Parliamentary Complex. State Minister of Co-operative Services and Consumer Protection Lasantha Alagiyawanna meanwhile requested all members of the Advisory Committee to attend tomorrow’s meeting to discuss the issue.
He also extended an investigation to all MPs in the opposition, even non-members to participate in the meeting and deliberate the LP Gas cylinder crisis.
The State Minister said he is prepared to meet the persons named by the opposition during today’s session or to invite them to attend tomorrow’s Advisory Committee if it will help resolve certain concerns regarding the Gas cylinder crisis.
Leader of House Minister Dinesh Gunawardena said the matter is a concern for all factions as it impacts the lives of citizens.
Minister Dinesh Gunawardena requested the Speaker to convene the special Parliament Advisory Committee to discuss the matter tomorrow.
He said all persons related to the incident should be summoned and MPs can raise any of their concerns during the meeting.
Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena then requested all MPs to attend the meeting and direct their questions related to the domestic LP Gas cylinder issue and gas leak explosions reported across the country.
Meanwhile, Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena in a lighter tone informed the house that he might be compelled to invite the President to attend Parliament sessions daily to encourage Parliamentarians to attend Parliament sessions.
The Speaker during this morning’s session said a majority of senior Ministers and front-benchers are not present when the House is deliberating an important matter.
He directed the attention of the Chief Government Whip that senior Ministers are not present to respond to issues raised in Parliament.
The Speaker said it is disappointing and all should fulfil their collective responsibility. Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena noted that when the President is in Parliament, a majority of members are present in the House.