IMPHAL, SEPTEMBER 28, 2017 (DIPR): Shri Karam Shyam, Minister, Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution said that, the State Government is now able to regularly supply kerosene oil to the beneficiaries after oil adulteration was put into check.
Speaking to media-persons at his official quarter at Sanjenthong, the Minister said that, the allegation levelled by the Spokesperson of a political party against the Government is incorrect and baseless. He said that, there is no bill passed by the Manipur Legislative Assembly entitling kerosene quota to the MLAs. The present government has increased the quantity of kerosene oil for the MLAs provided from the ‘Kerosene Reserve’ of the Directorate, he added.
The Minister also stated that, the present Government cleared the backlog of previous Government for 4 months (December 2016, January – March 2017) by allocating 12 KL (Kilo Litre) of kerosene (3KL for each month). He said kerosene for the period of April-June 2016 was 5561. 8 KL (3 KL allocated for MLAs), July-September 2016 was 5292 KL (2 KL for MLAs), April –June 2017 was 4476 KL (2.5 KL for MLAs) and July- September 2017 is 4476 KL (2.5 KL for MLAs). He said that, despite the fluctuations in the quantity of Kerosene allocated for the State, the MLAs are getting increased quantity of Kerosene as compared to the previous government.
Minister Karam Shyam also said that, he has given instructions to the concerned officials to ensure adequate supply of LPG in view of Ningol Chakouba. Stating that, stern action will be taken up against those persons responsible for scarcity of LPG in the State, the Minister said consumers are also losing out on their subsidies as well. He said if needed, he will consult with the Chief Minister and take up the matter with the Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas and IOC.
The State requires 51,17.864 MT (Metric Tonne) LPG in a month for the 3,60,413 ( three lakh sixty thousand four hundred and thirteen) consumers of subsidized LPG(14.2 kg). However, the IOC (Indian Oil Corporation) supplied 2791.663 MT in April, 1377.214 MT in May, 2092.76 MT in June, 1398.13 MT in July, 1663.7 MT in August and 1147.98 MT (under process) for September this year. Expressing concern over the inconveniences faced by the consumers due to LPG scarcity, Minister Karam Shyam said, the Government is committed to solve the issue.