With consumers’ record lost to floods, LPG dealers seek relaxation from govt

SRINAGAR: In absence of any clear directives from the government, the LPG dealers here are finding it difficult to deal with the consumers who lost their documents during the recent flood.
“As of now, we are providing LPG to the consumers without checking their documents. Majority of them has lost the documents. So it is not possible for us to ask for the documents,” general secretary of J&K LPG Dealers Association, Jagmohan Singh Raina, told Kashmir Reader on Friday.
“However, the company (Indian Oil) is asking us to prepare a list of the consumers to update the database later. It is simply not possible,” Raina, who runs Kashmir Gas Agency that distributes LPG from Indane, said.
Raina’s office is located near Iqbal Park here, and he himself has lost the documents and computers containing information about the consumers. According to him, 90 percent of his consumers may have lost the documents.
“The state government must request New Delhi to announce relaxation to all flood-affected consumers for this fiscal. The routine process of refilling shall be made obligatory with the start of next financial year,” Raina said.
The dealers of other companies face similar ordeal. The dealers of Hindustan Petroleum, for instance, only have a verbal directive from the company to provide gas to consumers without documents for this fiscal.
“It (order) can be withdrawn by the company anytime; it is only a verbal order. For now we are not checking the consumers’ documents,” Abdul Hameed Sofi, general secretary of All Kashmir LPG Distributors Association, told Kashmir Reader.
Sofi said the dealers are ensuring supply of LPG to consumers through “point delivery” system.
“Rather than providing home delivery, dealers choose a common spot in an area to distribute gas among consumers. We don’t ask them for documents, but there has to be clear direction from the government,” he said.