SRINAGAR: While Kashmir is still struggling to recover from the aftermaths of the devastating September floods, Petroleum Ministry of India has reduced the quota of kerosene to the Valley by 18.48 lakh, a local news agency KNS reported Sunday.
“Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas in its December 31, 2014 order has cut the quota of kerosene to 30 lakh litres from an already insufficient 48.48 lakh litres. According to the new allocation, every ration card holder will on an average get three litres of kerosene per month,” KNS said, quoting sources.
“Till now, the Valley was getting 48.48 lakh litres of kerosene per month. According to 2011 census, there are 10 lakh ration card holders in the Valley. So, every consumer was getting an average 4.48 litres of kerosene per month, which the dealers and consumers say is just 33 per cent of the actually requirement,” it said.
Commissioner Secretary Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution (CAPD) department Bashir Ahmad Khan told KNS that they have taken up the issue with the concerned authorities in New Delhi.
“There is shortage of kerosene this month,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Coordination Committee Retail Kerosene Oil Dealers alleged that Kashmir was being discriminated against, KNS reported.
“It is the new year gift from the centre government to Kashmiris. While there is already shortage of LPG and electricity in this winter, the reduction in kerosene quota will make the things worse,” the office bearers of the body told KNS.
They said around 4000 kerosene dealers depend for livelihood on supply of the fuel, the agency said.
“We feed our families by selling kerosene,” KNS quoted them as saying.