The Government has ordered Litro Gas Ltd. to convey true facts besides the changing of the colour of the recently-launched hybrid cylinder.
Consumer Protection State Minister Lasantha Alagiyawanna told the media if Litro Gas intended to reintroduce its 18-litre hybrid premium gas cylinders to the market it could only be done after properly informing the consumer.
He said the firm was bound to inform the consumer on the efficiency of the new product and that the cylinder should specify the quantity of gas and its price, whilst the cylinder needed to be in a different colour to be identified easily from the rest.
“These conditions have been informed to the company in written form and they have agreed to do the required changes,” Alagiyawanna said.
He further stated that these conditions would help the consumer to be aware of the product, easily identify it and have the choice to make a decision on the product.
The State Minister said the company had also been notified to withdraw all 18-litre hybrid cylinders from the market before 3 May (Monday) to comply with the conditions outlined by the Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA).
He pointed out that if the company failed to comply with the conditions underlined by the CAA by 3 May, the Government would take legal action against it.
Alagiyawanna said both Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) and Moratuwa University had confirmed that the hybrid gas cylinder introduced by Litro Gas has 23% to 25% less gas than the normal gas cylinder which is quantified at 12.5 kg.
The State Minister assured that Litro Gas had confirmed it would release 12.5 kg normal gas cylinders to the market without scarcity for the daily needs of consumers.
“Action has been taken to deliver 12.5 kg normal gas cylinders at Rs. 1,493 from relevant agents as per the customer choice,” he added.
The State Minister called on all gas consumers to immediately inform the CAA via telephone number 1977 if they are unable to purchase a 12.5 kg normal gas cylinder in the market.