Parliament committee to meet and discuss gas cylinder issue

Parliament committee to meet and discuss gas cylinder issue

The Parliament advisory committee is to meet tomorrow (Wednesday) to discuss the gas cylinder issue.

The Ministerial Consultative Committee on Trade is to convene at 9am tomorrow.

Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardana invited all the MPs to attend the meeting to discuss the crisis.

State Minister Lasantha Alagiyawanna said that his Ministry officials will be instructed to be present at the meetung.

The State Minister said that he is also prepared to invite the former Executive Director of the Consumer Affairs Authority of Sri Lanka Thushan Gunawardena to attend the meeting.

Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa had proposed that the Minister meet Gunawardena to discuss the issue.

Gunawardena had alerted the State Minister of a threat posed by the existing gas cylinders in April/May.

Gunawardena had said that he had also alerted President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and over the threat in May but no action was taken.

The concern he had raised was that the butane-to-propane gas composition in some domestic gas cylinders had been changed.

He had warned that the alleged change in the composition could pose a serious threat to the consumers.

Gunawardena said that the Government must recall gas cylinders in the market until proper testing is carried out and the issue is resolved. (Colombo Gazette)

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