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Sri Lanka’s power crisis detriment to online education: opposition leader

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s ongoing power crisis is a detriment to the country’s distant learning experiments during the pandemic, opposition leader Sajith Premadasa said.

“An uninterrupted power supply is an obligation of the government. Instead, this government is resorting to power outages. We have heard that some massive outages are on the cards over the next few weeks,” Premadasa said at a public event on Sunday (23).

The Ceylon Electricity Board Engineers’ Union (CEBEU) told reporters on Sunday (23) that nearly two-hour outages are to be expected from Tuesday (25) during peak hours. The power crisis has been triggered by a shortage in fuel and furnace oil supply to the CEB’s thermal generation plants by the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) amid a dollar shortage for imports and insufficient water levels at reservoirs for hydro power generation, on top of a breakdown at the Norochcholai coal power plant.

“How will school children do their exam and take part in online education? This government is unable to facilitate distance learning. It is only able to keep people in the dark,” said Premadasa.

The Samagi Jana Balavegaya (SJB) leader also took a shot at the voters who opted for President Rajapaksa over him at the 2019 presidential polls.

“In the president polls, I said what this country needs is a benevolent leadership, a leadership that serves the people in the name of humanity, a leadership whose heart aches for the plight of the people.

“But a majority said ‘such things are of no use to us. We don’t need humanity and all that. We want a heroic leadership.’ Look where the heroic leadership has gottenus,” he said. (Colombo/Jan24/2022)

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  1. Apeksha De Silva says:

    This is a very old unsolved issue in sri lanka having a history since 32 years. The only individual option is to purchase a diesel power generator sets rather than depending government utilities. I have purchased new 20KVA generator for my office even this difficult time to every one. I understand most of generator companies now running out of their stocks. In fact their prices also gone high means now double the normal prices. However can recommend one of below company is till having most reasonable rates on their brand new machines. Also they have stocks in smaller capacity generators even. I will not trying to promote them here but they are quite reasonable in the market. Their name is Circom Power Technologies PVT Ltd. Their web link is- http://www.circom.lk

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  1. Apeksha De Silva says:

    This is a very old unsolved issue in sri lanka having a history since 32 years. The only individual option is to purchase a diesel power generator sets rather than depending government utilities. I have purchased new 20KVA generator for my office even this difficult time to every one. I understand most of generator companies now running out of their stocks. In fact their prices also gone high means now double the normal prices. However can recommend one of below company is till having most reasonable rates on their brand new machines. Also they have stocks in smaller capacity generators even. I will not trying to promote them here but they are quite reasonable in the market. Their name is Circom Power Technologies PVT Ltd. Their web link is- http://www.circom.lk