The available fuel stocks, sufficient for only several days, will be provided for essential services, including health and port workers, public transport, and food distribution, officials said.
Fuel shortages have led to serpentine queues at retailers and with the end of the credit line worth USD 700 million granted by India, the pumps have run dry.
Despite the immediate approval to import and supply jet fuel, it's likely to take another 10-12 days for the bunker licence holders to bring in the first jet fuel shipment to the country.
The selection would be based on the ability to import without forex requirements from the Sri Lankan central bank, he added.
The Indian team are here to engage with Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe while also having talks with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and other senior officials.
Perera a long-time loyalist of the Rajapaksa clan, whom protesters accused of mismanaging the country into its current predicament has replaced Basil Rajapaksa, who resigned in April.
The protesters were demanding the resignation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa for the mismanagement of the economy.
Wijesekera said that the Russian ambassador in Colombo 'asked him to send the replies of the company, and the envoy will also intervene in the process'.
Mahinda Amaraweera visited the Tissamaharama Divisional Secretariat on Saturday to attend an agriculture-related programme.
The foreign lender has a policy of not bailing out countries unless all its other creditors have first agreed to write down their loans, however, Sri Lanka's foreign debt stands at USD 51 billion.
Sri Lankan PM Wickremesinghe to present plan for economic recovery as country awaits Indian nod for new credit line
The prime minister met with Members of Parliament to brief them on the current economic situation.
"Due to scarce public transport as well as the inability to arrange private vehicles, it is decided to drastically curtail the number of employees reporting to work," the ministry's order said.
The gas from this shipment will be delivered to premises that obtain stocks in bulk like hospitals, hotels, and crematoriums, he was quoted as saying by the News First website.
Experts have warned of a possible shortage of rice and other essential food items from September this year because of lower production.
Wickremesinghe also explained that due to the pending food shortage, he was launching the food security programme in the country.