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Extracting oil, natural gas possible in my tenure - Minister

Energy Minister Udaya Gammanpila said extraction of petroleum oil or natural gas in Sri Lanka will begin before he contests the next Parliamentary election.

Sri Lanka has oil and gas sources discovered. If the production of oil within the country is successful, it is possible to generate and provide employment for nearly 1.5 million Sri Lankans who are currently working in the Middle East, he said.

The Minister stated this during his visit to the Mahanayake Theras of Malwatte and and Asgiriya Chapters in Kandy yesterday. He also visited the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.

Commenting on the controversial draft of the 20th Amendment to the Constitution, Gammanpila said the government had taken action to rectify any mistake amidst many criticisms.

The report of the nine-member committee appointed by the Prime Minister to study the draft of the 20th amendment will be presented to the Cabinet of Ministers today (16), the Minister said.

Securing a two-thirds majority win at an election is difficult in Sri Lanka and therefore, the government has to work without giving any excuses to fulfill the public aspirations, he added.

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