Convener of the Samagi Trade Union Confederation, Ananda Palitha smells a rat in the story- Fuel only for essential services- adopted by the government. He points out that they were suspicious of a racket executed on the people under the -fuel for essential services only- to smuggle the remaining fuel stocks back to the back market.
He claimed that the government placed a document before the country indicating the volume of fuel available at present and at which filling stations the gasoline is available for essential services.
The document also outlined what those essential services would be and the amount available for those services.
Ananda Palitha alleged that a channel to distribute fuel for bribes is underway surreptitiously while the government took steps to stop the fuel distribution app abruptly.
He said that although petrol is a commercial commodity, kerosene and diesel are general utility commodities and cannot fall into the essential services category. He points out that it would be illegal to do so. He says that although any doctor or government official has the right to obtain fuel under essential services, the government has allowed bribery and subversive transactions to overshadow this and denied the public servants engaged in vital services their rightful claim under the guise of the essential services violating their rights,