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Fuel subsidy for three-wheelers

Nation Building and Estate Infrastructure Development Minister Rohitha Abegunawardene told Parliament yesterday that the Government has decided to grant fuel for registered three-wheelers islandwide on concessionary rates.

Presenting a supplementary estimate to obtain Rs. 900 million for the fuel subsidy, the Minister said this facility would enhance the transport service in the country.

The Minister said that 46,187 registered three-wheelers out of 350,000 three-wheelers in Sri Lanka will be entitled for this concession.

Under this concession, approximately, 75 litres of fuel will be provided at a concessionary rate of Rs. 1,500 each month to three wheeler operators.

Accordingly, four litres of fuel will be issued daily.

Accordingly, 1,450 three-wheelers in Vavuniya and 3,583 three-wheelers in Trincomalee will also be eligible to obtain this fuel concession.

Meanwhile, the Government has planned to allocate more funds to increase the fuel concession from the budget next year.

The Supplementary Estimate was approved by the Parliament.

Disappearance of persons

Chief Government whip Urban Development and Sacred Area Development Minister Dinesh Gunawardene told Parliament yesterday a total of 2631 disappearances of persons have been reported during the period from 1986 to 2000.

The Minister said 469 High Court cases and 12 District Court cases have been filed in this regard. Rulings have been issued on 356 High Court cases and 11 District Court cases, the Minister added.

Report from IGP

Chief Government Whip, Urban Development and Sacred Area Development Minister Dinesh Gunawardene told Parliament yesterday that the Inspector General of Police (IGP) has reported that 91 suspects who were in police custody had died from November 2005 to August 16, 2009.

The Minister was responding to an oral question raised by the JVP MP Lakshman Nipunaarachchi. According to the report submitted by the IGP, the number of deaths of suspects while being in police custody were two persons in 2005, 11 persons in 2006, 20 persons in 2007, 26 persons in 2008, and 32 persons in 2009.

 

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