Shortages of petrol, medicine, foreign reserves, cooking gas and other essentials have plagued Sri Lanka, the report said. The island nation is going through the worst economic crisis since independence. Lower electricity and rising food prices have exacerbated the plight of the country’s people.
The report added that thousands of people were waiting in line at fuel stations across the country at the same time. In the wake of such an energy crisis, the country’s public administration ministry has instructed government officials not to go to work from Friday “in view of the current energy shortage and transportation problems”.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said in a tweet on Thursday that “there may not be time to get fertilizer this May-August season, but steps are being taken to ensure adequate stocks for the September-March season.” He called on all to be patient.
Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn in as the new Prime Minister of Sri Lanka on 12 May. In the evening, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa read out his oath. The oath was taken at the President’s official building. A report in the Sri Lankan media Daily Mirror reported this information that day.
Earlier, the prime minister was Mahinda Rajapaksa. He lost power in the face of protests. Rajapaksa became the country’s prime minister for the fourth time on August 9, 2020. Less than two years later, the country fell into economic turmoil. There is public anger. The protest started. Many were killed in the protests. He later lost power.
In the wake of the economic crisis, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa announced the formation of a new cabinet this week. Amid ongoing violence, his elder brother Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned as prime minister and the country’s cabinet was automatically dissolved.
Although there have been no protests since Ronil Ranil Wickremesinghe took over as prime minister on May 12, economists believe the Sri Lankan crisis is not over due to a lack of foreign exchange. This is because most of the island’s daily necessities have to be imported. This requires huge foreign exchange. But, it goes without saying that there is no reserve. In the meantime, there has been an acute energy crisis.
At such a moment, the government closed the school on Friday and instructed the government officials to sit at home and do office work.