Monitoring committees to conduct surprise check of fuel stations
SRINAGAR: Minister for Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs (FCS&CA) and Information Department, Choudhary Zulfkar Ali Monday asked petrol pump dealers to ensure quality services failing which their licenses would be suspended.
According to an official press note, the minister was chairing a review meeting with representatives of various oil companies. The minister said he had received several complaints from various quarters about some petrol pumps which fail to provide their consumers with basic facilities like clean washrooms, drinking facility and free air facility at their stations.
The minister said, “As per oil companies, marketing disciplinary guidelines for running any petrol pump following these norms is mandatory.”
Zulfkar directed the concerned to issue a government circular in this regard where the deputy commissioners (DCs) from across the state are directed to formulate monitoring committees in their respective districts.
Explaining the role of the committees, the minister said within a month the monitoring committees would make frequent surprise visits to various petrol pumps “to check if the inspecting pump owners are complying with the set guidelines”. He directed the DCs that those found violating the norms should immediately be penalized by suspending their licenses.
Seeking an update on the work done on establishing of oil depots and gas bottling plants in districts of Rajouri, Anantnag, and Kargil, the minister was informed that in Rajouri around 300 kanals of land has been identified. Similarly, for district Anantnag 187 kanals have been identified by the district administration, while in Kargil 98.2 kanals have been identified for gas bottling plant, 71.6 kanals identified for establishing oil depot.
The minister stressed upon oil companies representatives “to be more proactive so that the desired work gets done at an earliest”. He asked all the concerned oil companies to place their indent requests at an earliest to the concerned Directors of FCS&CA for further processing.
During the meeting, the minister also desired that oil companies need to increase their work under Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). He suggested for construction of shelter shed for ‘Buddha Amarnath yatris’ in Rajouri district. Likewise, for construction of wayside facilities for tourists in Anantnag district, the minister directed the concerned DC to formulate a detailed proposal that would be submitted to the oil companies afterwards.
Secretary FCS&CA Shafiq Raina, Deputy Commissioner Anantnag Syed Abid Rashid, Director FCS&CA Jammu R A Inqulabi, Director FCS&CA Kashmir Nissar Ahmad Wani, Joint Controller Legal Metrology Department (LMD) Srinagar Amar Singh, Joint Controller LMD Jammu V S Sambyal, Deputy Controller Jammu LMD Manoj Prabakhar, and other concerned officers along with representatives from Hindustan Petroleum Corporation, Bharat Petroleum Corporation, Indian Oil Corporation attended the meeting.