Imphal: Hill Area S.K. Oil dealers Association, Manipur, urged the government to increase the Subsidized Kerosene (SK) oil allocation for public instead of increasing in government pool in order to meet the demands of public especially in hill districts.
As per government order issued on April 6 by consumer affairs, food and public distribution department 1056 KL of SK oil is allocated for 16 districts for the first quarter (April to June) while 1440 KL of SK oil is kept reserved in government pool, convenor of the association G. Gaingam told reporters here on Sunday.
The SK oil dealers in the state have been distributing kerosene oils however with the less allocation of SK oil to public, people especially hill areas suffer scarcity of kerosene oil for the last 5-6 years, he added.
There is adequate numbers of SK oil dealers both in Valley and Hills districts, if lifting and issuing of utilisation certificate are authorised to the concerned DCs and SDOs instead of giving the authority to the supply department there will be no SK oil scarcity issue in the state.
The association demanded for issuance of 60 percent of PDS SK oil for public to district SK oil dealers from April onwards.
In the demand addressed to CAF and PD minister it was mentioned that a total of 2720 KL of SK oil is issued by the ministry for every quarter for Manipur.
For October-December, 2020, 1344 KL of SK oil is kept reserved in government pool. Out of which 450 KL is kept reserved for 60 assembly constituencies for each quarter and remaining 894 KL of SK oil is reserved for directorate pool for meeting the requirement of Imphal Municipal Council, NCC unit, press, SSB personnel, Public and administrative exigencies and others.
In the 4th quarter of 2020-21 (January- March) the mode of allocation was changed. Out of above state quota of 2720 KL, CAF and PD allocated only 1184 KL for the 16 districts and the remaining huge quantity of 1536 KL was kept ion government pool which seems contradictory to the present citizen centric policy of the government.
On March 25, ministry of petroleum and natural gas allocated 2496 KL only for the month of April-June reducing 224 KL from the previous allocation per quarter.
Gaingam appealed the government to earmark 60 per cent i.e. 1498 KL from out of the total allocated quantity (2496 KL) for public to be distributed through concerned respective SK oil dealers. He further appeal the 450 KL of SK oil to kept reserved to the respective district concerned SK Oil dealers in public interest.