Although the world oil prices have come down, Sri Lanka still incurred a loss of Rs. 22 loss for every litre of petrol. Therefore, a price formula is now in the process of being introduced as a solution to it, said Deputy Minister of Petroleum and Petroleum Gas Dr. Anoma Gamage.
“Our ministry is a very sensitive ministry, which is closely linked to the national economy. Therefore, we need to do a lot to develop the petroleum sector. We also have to increase the efficiency and effectiveness in the Ministry and institutions under our purview,” the Deputy Minister told “Ada Dawasa” programme in Swarnavahini channel this morning.
The refineries should be maintained well, which have not been done for some time and also strengthening the supply chain is a must, she said.
The people of Ampara have warmly welcomed primary industries minister and UNP national organizer Daya Gamage, who polled the highest preferential votes from Digamadulla district at the recent parliamentary polls, and deputy minister of petroleum and petroleum gas Dr. Anoma Gamage.
Eastern provincial councilor Manjula Gamage and the people of the district organized a welcome ceremony for them at the Ampara rest house today.
They were warmly received on arrival at Regal Junction and taken in a colourful procession to the rest house.
Primary industries minister Daya Gamage says that exports growth through value-addition done locally, generation of jobs with higher returns for youths and securing a 550 million USD market by regaining the GSP plus facility and other development plans will be undertaken successfully in the next five years.
He says his ministry can make considerable contributions towards prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s concept of creating one million jobs within five years.
Also, an accelerated programme will be carried out with the blessings of president Maithripala Sirisena and with support from minister Malik Samarawickrama to double the country’s exports within the next five years, he says.
Minister Gamage was speaking at Govijana Mandiraya in Battaramulla where he assumed duties today.
Agriculture minister Duminda Dissanayake, petroleum and petroleum gas deputy minister Dr. Anoma Gamage, primary industries ministry secretary Gamini Amarawardena and many others were present.
Sri Lanka took 15 years to double its exports, although Bangladesh, Thailand and Vietnam achieved it within five years, he noted.
He commended the secretary of his ministry, who has proven to be a big strength for him by assuring him about the success of his plans.
Speaking further, Mr. Gamage said 2,500 cluster villages will be created and their agricultural produce gathered at 23 agriucltural zones, valued addition done and sent to the world market.