Minister asks MP Vasudeva to arrange fuel from Russia | Daily News

Minister asks MP Vasudeva to arrange fuel from Russia

Says Russian Ambassador advised him on procedure

Power and Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekara yesterday invited independent Opposition side MP Vasudeva Nanayakkara to assist the government to obtain fuel from Russia at a lower rate of 35 per cent if he had any possibility to do so.

He said that although the Committee that decides the institutions and  the countries from which the fuel is imported comprises government officials, he would appoint MP Nanayakkara as the head of the committee as well if he is willing to do so.

He made these observations in Parliament yesterday when MP Nanayakkara queried if the government would take measures to import fuel from Russia at a lower rate as Russia is ready to do so.

The Minister said that the Ministry had called for tenders to import fuel and 90 have applied. He added that none of them have proposed to provide fuel at such a rate. Although there are some comparably low rates, those institutions are not willing to accept the country’s payment modes.

He said that he met the Russian Ambassador to discuss the matter and his response was that Russia does not engage in fuel exports from country to country or government to government.He added that the ambassador gave him names of four Russian institutions to discuss the matter. He added the ambassador also educated him that they would provide fuel at a low rate outside the tender procedure. He then added that he wrote to those four institutions out of which two had confirmed the receipt of the letters. However they have not responded to them so far.



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