The Foundation for People’s Rights Protection has urged the President to expose to the country the forces behind the power crisis, similar to the decision taken to declare electricity supply an essential service.
Speaking during a media briefing in Colombo this afternoon, President of the Association Asela Sampath claimed that the Foundation for People’s Rights Protection is prepared to support the President if he takes steps to fulfil that task.
He said the time is apt for the mafia behind the power crisis and issues in the power sector to be exposed to the country in detail.
Asela Sampath noted that the President can appoint a committee to investigate the incidents that led to the current power crisis.
He said the Chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka has warned that they will be compelled to impose scheduled power cuts in three months.
Asela Sampath said the PUCSL Chairman has requested the public to reduce power consumption between 6pm and 10pm daily and also lessen the use of bulbs, cookers and irons.
He said it is important that solutions are reached for such issues.
Asela Sampath is of the view that first, the mafia behind the current power crisis must be exposed and then measures must be taken to address the concerns in the sector.
On a separate note, President of the Association Asela Sampath said state employees are compelled to take to the streets since they are unable to afford the current cost of living.
He said an egg which was sold for Rs. 10 is now available only for Rs. 16 to Rs. 20 while a bottle of cooking oil which was available for Rs. 240 is now being sold for Rs. 550.
Asela Sampath noted that the good governance government raised the salaries of all state employees by Rs. 10,000 and the prices of goods were much lower than current rates.
He said a LP Gas cylinder is being sold at Rs. 2,800 at present whereas it was less than Rs. 2,000 during the tenure of the last government.
Asela Sampath noted state employees have suspended their duties briefly and taken to the streets to raise concerns and the difficulties they have been facing.
He said therefore authorities must be sensitive to the demands of state employees.