No queuing struggles for the lucky few
Many other national sector professionals, including medical professionals and other health workers, are spending day and night in fuel queues, while Ceylon has been forced to prioritize the supply of fuel for power generation. Power Commission engineers are not in a pinch. an Energy Department official said.
That despite everyone else’s immense struggle to find fuel, CEB engineers are happy to utilize Kelanithissa Power Station’s large diesel inventory to refill fuel tanks. can be seen with certainty.
One official said: As a result, the CEB is forced to take short-term loans from commercial banks at exorbitant interest rates, typically over 30%, to pay fuel costs, monthly salaries and substantial employee benefits. ”
Several CEB employees contacted by The Island, including veteran trade unionist Ranjan Jayalal, said the CEB would use government-supplied diesel to generate electricity to fuel the engineers’ vehicles. held the view that it was a crime.
Such supplies are often made at the cost of depriving them of other vital needs, such as public transportation, school vans, and delivery vehicles that carry daily necessities such as fish and vegetables to urban centers. , part of the fuel for power generation is used to sustain the lives of a series of privileged state employees. According to these his CEB officials, long lines of his CEB vehicles used by engineers are becoming a common sight at the Kelanithissa power plant. These vehicles often carry barrels or other containers to carry additional diesel fuel.
These employees allocate only a small portion of that fuel to CEB’s field vehicles, even though diesel is issued from Kelanithissa’s vaults under the guise of supplying essential needs for maintenance and broken down vehicles. They complain that they are not. Diesel fuel for official and private trips (including sometimes a spouse’s daily trip) even as people struggle to stand in long lines across the country.
In fact, the CEB advises customers to take longer to respond to breakdown complaints because maintenance vehicles cannot supply enough fuel.
CEB engineers are allowed to commute between home and work. However, an additional private travel allowance is provided ranging from 600 to 900 km per month in addition to a maximum of 20 km each way. However, some engineers travel daily to Colombo from locations such as Wennappuwa, Negombo, Panadura, and even further afield such as Ratnapura. Apparently, fuel shortages haven’t deterred these engineers from using fuel sparingly, despite the current crisis, thanks to Kelanitissa’s diesel inventory intended for power generation.
It is understood that engineers protested violently when the CEB General Manager recently announced that their private mileage allowance would be reduced by 50%. Many of his CEB employees are wondering why this decision made the engineer so angry when in most areas he doesn’t even have the fuel to manage CEB’s routine maintenance work.
It is also known that some CEB engineers assigned to gasoline vehicles quickly switched to diesel vehicles due to the ready availability of fuel from the Kelanitissa storage facility.
Its employees complain that even the engineers who work on project work in the project department continue to record the same mileage as before, but project work suffers from a shortage of foreign currency and the concomitant demand for steel, cement, and other essentials. Stopped due to lack of materials. The same is true for the CEB’s inability to open LCs for mandatory imports of new equipment.
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