Prime Minister Andrew Holness is seeking to assure Jamaicans that the government is conscious of the difficulties being faced as a result of rising fuel prices.

The prime minister acknowledged that citizens are feeling tremendous pressure at the pumps, but he says the government has to operate within parameters that maintain fiscal stability.

He says that informs the extent of the relief government can offer.

There’ve been four consecutive weeks of increases in the price of fuel in the country. Prime Minister Holness noted that his government anticipated the squeeze on consumers and took action to cushion the blow.

The prime minister is also dismissing suggestions by the Opposition PNP to ease the price of fuel. The Opposition has chided the government for not doing more to ease the impact of the rising costs. But Holness says their plans are not well thought out.

Prime Minster Andrew Holness. He was speaking in St. James on Friday.