SRINAGAR: Among the five northern Indian states whose kerosene quota has been reduced by New Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir has received the highest slash of about 33.34 per cent over the last year.
As per the records accessed by Kashmir Reader, the state received about 27,024 kilo litres of kerosene for the three-month period from January 14 to March 14 the last year. But for the corresponding period this year, the quota allotted is only 18,012 kilo litres.
Compared to the four other states in north India, the percentile reduction in quota of J&K is by far the highest.
Kerosene quota of Haryana has been reduced by 9 per cent while that of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, and Uttarakhand has been slashed by 0.30 per cent, 4 per cent, and 6 per cent, respectively, the records show.
New Delhi, the sixth state in north India, doesn’t figure in the list, for it is a declared ‘kerosene free zone.’
The records reveal that cut in the quota of most states in the rest of India has been only marginal.
The quota of Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, and Madhya Pradesh has been reduced by just 0.01 per cent each, it shows. Gujarat received a cut of 7.70 per cent, Jharkhand 2.30 per cent, Nagaland 0.02 per cent, while West Bengal’s quota was slashed by 0.08 per cent, it adds.
Karnataka, Manipur, and Orissa have their quotas cut by just 6 per cent, 8 per cent, and 3 per cent, respectively, according to the records.
The quota of at least nine states or union territories—Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Daman and Diu, Lakshadweep, Goa, and Tripura—haven’t been reduced at all.
The only regions, (states or union territories) with reduction more than that of J&K include Dadra and Nagar Haveli (85 per cent), Andaman and Nicobar Islands (59 per cent), Mizoram (40 per cent), and Maharashtra (37 per cent).
The kerosene dealers in the Valley have been protesting against the decision, which they describe as “New Delhi’s discrimination against Kashmir.”
On Monday, the dealers staged a rally from old city to city centre Lal Chowk here, demanding revocation of the order.
“After floods, we have to provide kerosene for fumigation of the flood-hit areas n the city. But New Delhi appears to have forgotten about the condition the Valley has been dealing with after the floods,” Ghulam Rasool Shah, President of the Coordination Committee Kerosene Oil Dealers Kashmir, told Kashmir Reader Tuesday.
“Due to the climatic conditions, J&K cannot be treated at par with the other states when it comes to implementing rules like these (reduction in kerosene quota). New Delhi shall have been mindful of the situation here,” he said.
Commission Secretary for Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution Baseer Ahmad Khan told Kashmir Reader that reduction in J&K’s kerosene quota is in accordance with the norms.
“There is no discrimination. Yet, we have raised the issue with New Delhi,” he said.