SRINAGAR: The Kashmir Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KCCI) has approached New Delhi for revocation of the decision regarding cut in kerosene quota to Kashmir.
“KCCI has taken up the issue with the Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, government of India, for revocation of the decision about kerosene quota cut in case of Kashmir,” KCCI said in a press statement issued here Wednesday.
Terming the cut in the Kerosene quota to Kashmir as “irrational” and “ill timed”, the body asked the authorities “to assess the post-flood situation and the harshness of the winter in Kashmir before taking decision on the Kerosene quota cut.”
It said that kerosene, as source of light and heat, is the only support that helps the people in absence of regular electricity and LPG supply.
“Instead of providing sufficient relief packages for rehabilitation and survival of flood-hit people in Kashmir, the authorities have chosen to cause trouble by quota cut in the essential commodities like kerosene,” it said, appealing the Prime Minister of India to issue “immediate instruction for revocation of the decision in case of Kashmir.”
India’s Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas in its December 31, 2014 order cut in the quota of kerosene to Kashmir. The quota has been reduced to 30 lakh litres a month from an already insufficient 48.48 lakh litres. Under the new quota, every ration card holder will on an average get three litres of kerosene per month.
Prior to the decision, , every consumer was getting an average 4.48 litres of kerosene per month, which, as per the dealers and consumers, is just 33 per cent of the actually requirement.