ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s National Youth Volunteer corps have volunteered to help people in rural areas register with a recently introduced online fuel ration system.
“[The] Ministry of Youth with National Youth Corps and its members have volunteered to assist the National Fuel Pass initiative,” Power and Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekera tweeted on Monday July 18.
“The [youth corp] will assist the public to register with the platform by volunteering at the fuel stations from 21st July in rural areas (sic.”
Ministry of Youth with National Youth Corps and its members has volunteered to assist the National Fuel Pass initiative. NYC will assist the public to register with the platform by volunteering at the fuel stations from the 21st & in rural areas.
— Kanchana Wijesekera (@kanchana_wij) July 18, 2022
Sri Lanka introduced an online fuel rationing platform that, according to the ministry, guarantees a weekly quota of fuel.
To obtain fuel, vehicles must register at https://fuelpass.gov.lk/ with the owner’s national identity card (NC) number and vehicle chassis number. A QR code will be allocated for each vehicle.
Only one vehicle can be reserved under one NIC and if there are more vehicles in a household, then different NICs can be used to register those.
Companies can register using their business registration numbers.
According to the last digit of the license plate, registered vehicles will receive a QR code that will be used in filling stations to pump fuel.
This measure was introduced to reduce fuel hoarding in the country as black markets emerged while the public had to stay in queues for more than three days to obtain fuel.
However, the minister has yet to reveal how much fuel each vehicle will be allowed to pump.