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Govt. approves fuel subsidy to fisher folk

14 February 2012 04:00 pm - 7     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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The government today decided to offer a fuel subsidy of Rs.25 a litre on kerosene and Rs.12 on diesel to fishermen with immediate effect.

This was decided at a discussion which was held at the Ministry of Fisheries for which all stakeholders including the fishermen and the ministry officials participated.
 
Fisheries Minister Rajitha Senaratne told journalists the decision was made following a meeting between all stakeholders including the fisher folk in consultation with the Treasury.

He said the government would have to spend some Rs.3 billion a year for the subsidy at Rs.256.8 million a month.

The Minister said the subsidised fuel would be provided to fishermen in all fisheries harbours through Fisheries Department assistant directors deployed in all districts.

Dr. Senaratne said he had informed ministry officials to provide the subsidy to all fishermen irrespective of political and other affiliations.
The Minister also assured that there would be no price increase in fish.

Meanwhile, there were mixed reactions on the part of fishermen on the subsidy. National Fishermen’s Solidarity Movement Convenor Herman Kumara said some fishermen had welcomed the government offer while others has decided to continue with the struggle. He said some of the fishermen had resumed their fishing. They refrained from going to sea on Monday.

The Joint Fishermen’s Federation Coordinator Maxi Fernando said what the fishermen wanted was a revision of fuel prices. He said fishermen were not aware as to how the fishermen would get the subsidy. He said they should get fuel at a subsidised rate when they purchased fuel from the filling stations. (Yohan Perera)

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  • Just Another Citizen Wednesday, 15 February 2012 02:45 AM

    Is the government taking more loans to pay for subsidies?

    Calistus Jayatilleke Wednesday, 15 February 2012 09:15 AM

    Good but can the Ministry keep a tab on fish prices to make sure that they dont increase prices as well.

    fazli Tuesday, 14 February 2012 04:20 PM

    OK Accepted. How about the rest ? Are they left
    to suffer ?

    perera Tuesday, 14 February 2012 05:28 PM

    we will believe it when we see it.
    coming from these lying idiots nothing can ve believed

    Namal Tuesday, 14 February 2012 05:37 PM

    The amount spent as subsidy is peanuts compared to the huge 'unethical' profit Govt is making after the increase!!

    AMG Tuesday, 14 February 2012 06:11 PM

    No Fuel No Fish !

    Tharaka Chanaka Tuesday, 14 February 2012 07:35 PM

    We are surrounded with ocean but yet a kilo of thora is nearly 1800/-. Whats the use giving these guys subsidies? Prices of Fish just like everything else will only go up and up.


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