Apr 03, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Marxist Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) has condemned the government’s move to suddenly increase the prices of gas and fuel.
The JVP issuing a statement has said the increase of LP gas prices by Rs. 238, along with the prices of diesel and petrol would burden the people.
The party says people will be burdened further, as transport, goods and services costs will go up with the fuel and gas price increases.
According to the JVP, the government had used the World Cup finals to take the people’s attention away from the price increases.
The party has called on the people to rally against the present regime and its economic policies.
The fuel prices are rising globally amid the tensions in the Middle East causing significant increases in international oil prices and driving the prices up of other essential commodities in the global market.
Political analysts point out that Sri Lanka’s neighbours India and Pakistan have also raised the fuel prices and the governments have no choice but to raise the fuel prices to keep from increasing the public debt and fiscal deficit.