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Cardinal slams govt. over timing of fuel price hike

The Archbishop of Colombo, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, has slammed the timing of the fuel price increase.

Issuing a statement, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith said that the fuel price hike should not have been implemented at a time when the public are suffering from the impact of Covid-19 and the fire on the X-Press Pearl ship.

The Cardinal said that the public have now been forced to face further suffering as a result of the fuel price hike.

He said that fishermen, who depend on fuel for fishing, are among those who have been severely affected by the travel ban and the X-Press Pearl inferno

Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith urged the Government to take measures to offer assistance to the people who are badly affected by the fuel price hike.