In the midst of the economic crisis in Sri Lanka, the situation has worsened so much that the help from other countries is decreasing. There is news that by the end of this month there may be a shortage of diesel in Sri Lanka. Along with this, the $ 500 million line of credit sent by India to buy fuel is also coming to an end.
India in February extended a 500 million line of credit to Sri Lanka for fuel purchases. Sri Lanka is facing its worst economic crisis since independence from Britain in 1948. Citizens are protesting against the lack of gas, food and other necessities.
According to officials, considering the situation, fuel consignments started arriving in Sri Lanka towards the end of March instead of April 1. In addition, three more Indian shipments are due on April 15, 18 and 23 and if the Sri Lankan government does not extend assistance by then, the fuel will be completely exhausted.
In Sri Lanka, diesel is mostly used for public transport and electricity generation. Due to the shortage of diesel in the country, some thermal power plants have already been closed, due to which there is a power cut of about 10 hours every day. Here, the country’s only refinery was closed twice in November 2021 due to non-payment of imports.
Angered by the failure of the government, citizens have now come out on the streets and are demanding his resignation. At the same time, the Sri Lankan Medical Association (SLMA) has warned President Gotabaya Rajapaksa about the shortage of essential medicines. SLMA says there is a shortage of medicines and equipment. His condition has become so bad that he has stopped doing routine surgery for the difficult condition.