SRINAGAR: The state government will soon announce “a slew of measures” to “streamline and rationalise” distribution of kerosene and to check its black-marketing in the state.
The announcement was made Monday by the Minister for Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution (CAPD), Choudhary Zulfkar Ali, in an interaction here with a deputation of K-oil Dealers Association.
“The new measures would also facilitate adequate supply of kerosene to the deserving areas,” he told the dealers. “I hope the renewed efforts of the government in this regard will help curb black-marketing and plug pilferages in the supply chain of k-oil.”
The minister said “rationalisation” of the largely-domestic fuel “will not only check black-marketing but also help in curbing the practice of adulteration of diesel with kerosene”.
The CAPD department, he said, has already constituted flying squads to check “the menace”. Anybody found involved in “such malpractices” will be dealt with “stringently”, he said.
Zulfkar said “rationalisation” would be instrumental in “ameliorating” the life of rural people, especially of women folk, who are “still dependent upon cow dung and wood for cooking”.
“The traditional fuels are hazardous to their health and wellbeing. Besides, it (using traditional fuels) pollutes the air,” he said, asking the dealers to be honest in dealings and to fulfill their social responsibility.
The dealers asked the minister to seek increase in quota of kerosene granted to the state by New Delhi. They also demanded hike in the commission paid to them.
Stating that the government is “aware” of their problems, the minister said Jammu and Kashmir, being a landlocked area, needs more quota of kerosene.
He assured the dealers that “the issue would be taken up with Union Ministry of Petroleum at earliest”.
Meanwhile, a deputation of CAPD Employees Association also called on the minister and submitted their memorandum of demands.
They demand reorganisation of the department, creation of 63 posts of Tehsil Supply Officers, and adjustment of contractual drivers and Hamals.