Power sector regulator the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) has informed the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) in writing that it will not approve any requests for scheduled power cuts from January 26 to February 17 in order to safeguard the human rights of candidates sitting for the GCE Advanced Level Examination.
In a letter to the CEB, the PUCSL has reminded that it had approved all the requests made by the CEB for scheduled power cuts from February 18, 2022 to January 26, 2023. "However, the Commission will not approve any scheduled power interruption from 26th January, 2023 until 17th February, 2023 in order to safeguard the rights of the 331, 709 candidates who sit for the GCE Advanced Level Examination," states the letter, signed by PUCSL Chairman Janaka Ratnayake.
Accordingly, the PUCSL has directed the CEB to provide uninterrupted power supply until February 17 and has also been informed not to submit requests for approval for scheduled power interruptions until that date.
The Commission has also informed the CEB that it will be legally held responsible if power interruptions are imposed during the aforesaid period.