Minister Kanchana says he is prepared to face COPE over fuel procurement allegations. Kanchana Wijesekera, Minister of Energy, says he is ready to face an investigation into allegations made against him by the Chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) regarding fuel pricing and procurement.
Minister Wijesekera requested that the Chairman of the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE), Prof. Charitha Herath, summon him and officials from the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) for an investigation in a Twitter message.
The request comes after PUCSL Chairman Janaka Rathnayake stated in a recent COPE Committee meeting that petrol and diesel can be sold in Sri Lanka for around Rs. 250.
Rathnayake mentioned that this is revealed when looking at statistics on petroleum import prices and government taxes.
He stated that in Sri Lanka, petrol and diesel can be purchased for Rs. 200 less than the current price.
Janaka Rathnayake stated that petrol and diesel can be sold for around Rs. 250, and that the government has collected a tax of Rs. 280 for each liter of diesel imported on July 1st.