Sri Lanka is facing its worst financial crisis in seven decades. Army personnel are giving tokens to those waiting in long lines in front of the pump for petrol. Meanwhile, schools are closed in Colombo.
Government employees have been urged to work from home. According to Reuters
, the island nation of Sri Lanka is unable to import food, medicine, fuel and other daily necessities as its foreign exchange reserves have plummeted.
In such a situation, the army has been given the responsibility of giving tokens to ensure equitable distribution of fuel. The government is trying to save energy by closing schools and working from home.
The autorickshaw was driven by W. D. Shelton. He is 6 years old. He received a token from the army to stand in line at the petrol pump. When petrol comes, like others, he will also get petrol.
“I’ve been standing in line for four days,” Shelton said. These four days I have not been able to get enough sleep or even eat enough.
Shelton ranks 24th on the line at the petrol pump in the capital, Colombo. When petrol arrives, you will get 23 people first. Then he will get.
Although the distance from the petrol pump to the house is five kilometers, Shelton could not go, “I can’t even buy food for my family because I don’t have an income.”
Sri Lanka now has about 9,000 tonnes of diesel and 6,000 tonnes of petrol in stock. This information was given by the Minister of Power and Energy of Sri Lanka Kanchana Wijesekara.
He said this on Sunday, adding that no consignment of fuel is expected to arrive at the moment. The government does not know how long it will take to store fuel.
Meanwhile, in an effort to save energy, government employees have been instructed to stay at home and continue their office work. However, he did not say how many days he would have to work at home. Meanwhile, schools in and around Colombo have been closed for a week.
The number of people on the fuel station line has also been increasing since last week.
Autorickshaw driver Shelton described the extreme misery as a matter of extreme sorrow. “It’s a tragedy,” he said. We don’t know where it ends. ‘
In the distribution of energy, priority is being given to the most urgent sectors such as public transport, power generation and healthcare. In addition, some fuel is allocated for ports and airports.
As a result, many people are not getting fuel even while standing in line for fuel. Someone is getting a little fuel after being in line for a few days.
In such a situation, the government has approached the International Monetary Fund (IMF), a multinational donor organization. The government is in talks with the IMF to raise funds to rescue the crisis.
An IMF delegation is now in Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan government is in talks with them for a 3 billion loan.
The Sri Lankan government hopes to reach a staff-level agreement with IMF representatives by next Thursday. But even so, owning one is still beyond the reach of the average person.