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Sri Lanka President declares electricity an essential service

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka President has declared electricity and essential service as Ceylon Electricity Engineers initiated the first strike since 1996 over plans to end competitive bidding for private power plant procurement.

“BY virtue of the powers vested in me in terms of Section 2 of the Essential Public Services Act, No. 61 of 1979, I, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, do by this Order, considering it necessary that the services provided by any Public Corporation or Government Department or Local Authority or Co-operative Society or any branch thereof being a Department or Corporation or Local Authority or Co-operative Society, which is engaged in provision of the services specified in the Schedule hereto, is essential to the life of the community and is likely to be impeded or interrupted, declare the services specified in the Schedule hereto to be an essential public service for the purposes of the aforesaid Section,” the gazette notice said.

The enginneers said they will walk out over plans to change the governing law of Ceylon Electricity Board and buy power from private firms without competitive tendering.

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