Touts make money out of new policy

MUKEET AKMALI

Srinagar, Oct 31: At a time when prevailing LPG crisis in the Valley has created acute shortage of cooking gas cylinders in the market, some agents have surfaced who demand Rs 1500 from consumers for getting the documents verified or transferred in his/her name.
Locals allege that nexus between gas dealers and agents operating in the market are taking gullible consumers for a ride by asking them to pay money for transfer or verification of documents.
“Verification/registration of documents has now become a lucrative business,” said a group of LPG consumers who were protesting at Nawab Bazar in old city here against the local HP dealer.
“We are fed up with this humiliation which we have to suffer outside the gas agency waiting in long queue for getting LPG cylinders. It is height of injustice, why doesn’t State Government act strictly against the oil companies for failing to increase their dealers here so that people won’t have to suffer such inconvenience,” they said.
“We are openly being asked by agents to pay Rs 1000 to 1500 for getting documentation done. But how is it possible that concerned gas dealers don’t have any information regarding the issue,” they said, adding that CAPD department has failed to tackle the issue.
Protesters were raising slogans against the State Government and oil companies for failing to tackle the LPG mess that has now snowballed into a major crisis.
“We want Central Government should return our power projects so that we don’t need to beg for electricity or gas,” the protestors demanded.
Greater Kashmir received scores of calls from LPG consumers from different parts of the Valley who were complaining that agents are demanding money for updating LPG connections.
Since the new LPG policy came into effect, the consumers in the Valley are suffering due to meager number of LPG dealers who have proved incapable of tackling the heavy rush.

DIRECTIONS
* What is the number of distributors required for distribution of gas cylinders and how many are presently in place

* What is the total requirement of gas cylinders lo be distributed per day and what is the supply position

* What steps have been taken by the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir and CAPD Department for exercising effective control for proper distribution of gas cylinders and for avoiding chance of monopoly of LPG trade by dealers

* What is mode and method adopted for re-validating papers of consumers and what is the mode adopted for providing papers to consumers who possess gas cylinders but papers for one or the other reason are not available with them

* How many counters have been opened in Valley for providing necessary papers for collection of gas cylinders

* What steps have been taken by CAPD department for ensuring supply of gas cylinders till papers are provided to consumers

* The crisis as have emerged in view of defective distribution of gas cylinders whether has been taken care of, if yes, mode and method be indicated

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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