The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka has expressed its objection on the proclamation declaring a public emergency in Sri Lanka, under the Public Security Ordinance.
Chairman of the PUCSL Janaka Ratnayake said he believes scheduled power cuts is the main reason and cause that leads to public and consumer upheaval and the current level of agitation and unrest among the public.
The PUCSL issuing a statement said a state of emergency has been declared for the second time in five weeks.
The PUCSL said as the regulatory body for the electricity and petroleum industries, it’s the prime obligation and duty of the PUCSL to ensure that the interests of more than 7.3 million electricity consumers and over 21 million users from new-born to bed-ridden users of those utility industries are protected and looked after.
The statement added the PUCSL requests the government to revoke public emergency as it will further destabilize the present economic situation bringing more hardships to the common peoples where the PUCSL will not be able to exercise its mandate in serving and looking after the interests/needs of specially consumers and other stakeholders.