Colombo (Sri Lanka), July 16: Amid the raging economic crisis and fuel shortage in Sri Lanka, the island nation's Minister of Power and Energy Kanchana Wijesekara introduced the "National Fuel Pass", a fuel rationing scheme on Saturday.
The new pass will guarantee the allocation of fuel quota on weekly basis and a QR code will be given for each National Identity Card number (NIC), once the vehicle identification number and other details are verified.
The last digit of each registered vehicle's registration number will determine who gets to go first. Priority will be granted to tourists and foreigners in Colombo when purchasing fuel.
"Introduction to the National Fuel Pass will be held @ 12.30 pm. A guaranteed weekly fuel quota will be allocated. 1 Vehicle per 1 NIC, QR code allocated once Vehicle Chassis number & details verified. 2 days of the week according to Last Digit of number plate for fueling with QR," Wijesekara said earlier on Twitter.
The island nation has been experiencing a severe economic crisis that has led to severe shortages of food, fuel, and medical supplies. The country is now on the verge of going bankrupt and has started talks with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) about receiving an emergency bailout.
Following weeks of protests that resulted in President Gotabaya Rajapaksa's resignation on Thursday, the UN mission in Sri Lanka has urged senior politicians to ensure a peaceful transfer of power in accordance with the country's Constitution.
"The United Nations in Sri Lanka urges all stakeholders to ensure a peaceful transition of power in full respect for the Constitution," the United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator, Hanaa Singer remarked in a statement on Friday on behalf of the UN in Sri Lanka.
She added that it was "imperative that the transition of power is accompanied by broad and inclusive consultation within and outside Parliament".