The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) yesterday justified the strike conducted by all the trade unions of the Sri Lanka Petroleum Corporation demanding solutions for the issues concerning the sale of the Trincomalee oil tank to Indian IOC.
Defending them, the JVP said the trade unions’ demands over the Trincomalee oil tank were fair since it is one of the country’s profitable oil stations.
According to the JVP, the trade unions are demanding the Government revise the proposed Memorandum of Understanding to hand over the Trincomalee oil plant to India and they demand the right of stocking oil to Sri Lanka Petroleum to make the maximum profit from that.
In a statement the JVP further said that it would always take the trade unions’ side because it could not accept the Government’s plan to sell the Trincomalee plant to Indian IOC while the Sri Lankan Petroleum Corporation is in a position to maintain the Trincomalee oil tank.
Outlining the dangers of selling the Trinco oil tank to India, the JVP further said that if the Government handed over the operations of the oil plant to India it would put the security of the country at risk.
The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) said yesterday that the Government incurred losses in its bid to please India and China by providing petroleum tanks from harbours in Hambantota and Trincomalee.
Issuing a statement, the JVP asserted that the decision to provide petroleum tanks for the use of foreign nations, which caused a loss of income for the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC), could not be tolerated.
“This would bring a negative impact not only for the country’s economy but for the security situation as well,” it stated.
“Selling a country’s resources dirt cheap for foreign countries has become the economic policy of the government. The government is not willing to give up this policy even amid enormous pressure from the public,” the statement added.