New LPG policy hits gold dealers in Kashmir

‘Our workers cannot stay here in absence of LPG, kerosene”


Srinagar, Oct 31: LPG shortage has affected yet another business sector in the Valley. This time around it is the jewelers who have complained about incurring heavy losses due to non-availability of gas “as we could not mould, manufacture or design ornaments.”
 The gold dealers said the shortage of gas has also forced their workers who mostly come from other states, “to leave for their places as they don’t find fuel here to cook meals or keep themselves warm.”
 “The gold trade has been badly affected by the LPG mess. Most of our workers use commercial LPG cylinders but today they don’t even get those cylinders,” said Bashir Ahmad Rather, President, All Kashmir Gold Dealers and Workers’ Association. 
 “If the situation continues like so, we would have no option than to close our shops,” Rather who is also the vice- president of All India Akhil Bhartiya Swarankara Sang (ABSS) said.
 “Our workers are important for our business. If they don’t remain here for want of LPG, we cannot do anything in their absence,” he said, adding that even the kerosene oil is not available in the market.
 “We are clueless now what will we do during winter months,” Rather lamented.
 The workers said they wanted to stay here, but cannot because “we are not getting the LPG or the kerosene.”
 “The centre government’s decision to restrict supply of LPG to only those consumers with genuine documents has left us high and dry,” they said.
 “Neither can we get LPG connections here nor can we can apply for it, so how can we get cooking gas for  preparing meals for our family members,” said Rajesh Kumar, a gold worker working at Hari Singh High Street, here.
 Meanwhile, the gold dealers urged oil companies to provide separate quota of commercial LPG cylinders to their workers so that they don’t face any inconvenience.
 They said: “Our workers cannot stay here when they are not able to get LPG or kerosene.”

Lastupdate on : Wed, 31 Oct 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 31 Oct 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 1 Nov 2012 00:00:00 IST

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