Economic Crisis in Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka, which is facing economic crisis, has increased petrol prices by 24.3 percent and diesel prices by 38.4 percent on Tuesday. Sri Lanka is facing a severe economic crisis due to lack of foreign exchange reserves, due to which this increase was done. This is the second hike in fuel prices in the neighboring country after April 19. With this, the most commonly used Octane 92 petrol will cost Rs 420 ($1.17) per liter and diesel will cost Rs 400 ($1.11) per liter, the highest ever.
Lanka IOC, a Sri Lankan subsidiary of India’s leading oil company Indian Oil Corporation, has also increased the retail prices of fuel. LIOC CEO Manoj Gupta said that we have increased the prices to match the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC). CPC is a public sector oil company in Sri Lanka.
Auto fare for one kilometer is Rs 90
After the increase in oil prices, the auto union also announced an increase in fares. After which the base fare for the first kilometer will be Rs 90, after that Rs 80 will be paid for every kilometer. Inflation rate in Sri Lanka has reached near 40 percent. There are no food items available. Oil rates are skyrocketing. The people struggling with the crisis have come down on the rebellion and are demanding the resignation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
India sent 40,000 tonnes of petrol
India has sent around 40,000 tonnes of petrol to Sri Lanka a few days after supplying 40,000 tonnes of diesel under a loan facility. India aims to help ease the acute fuel shortage in the debt-ridden island nation (Sri Lanka) battling its worst economic crisis. India last month extended an additional $500 million line of credit to the neighboring country to help it import fuel. Sri Lanka is grappling with a payment crisis for imports following a sharp fall in its foreign exchange reserves in recent days.
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