'New subsidized connections banned'

LPG CRISIS

MUKEET AKMALI

Srinagar, Nov 11: Oil companies operating in the Valley have imposed a ban on new subsidized LPG connections instead they are “forcing” consumers to purchase non-subsidized LPG connections which bars them for getting any subsidy on cooking gas.
 Sources told Greater Kashmir that consumers, who don’t posses documents, are not entitled to get new subsidized LPG connections. “If a consumer transfers LPG connection from one individual to another that connections would also be recorded as non-subsidized connection. However, there is an exception that if connection gets transferred within legal heirs that connection would be entertained as a subsidized connection,” said a source.
 According to the survey conducted by oil companies in Kashmir Valley there are more than 30 per cent LPG consumers who don’t have any documents. As per the new LPG policy these consumers have to purchase new connections from the respective oil companies despite having equipments and gas cylinders.
 “By imposing a ban on subsidized consumer connections that entitles consumer to get six subsidized cooking gas cylinder a year, Oil companies are using this as a tactic to increase their profitability, as people are literally being forced to purchase non-subsidized connections,” said an official of an Oil company.
 “It is irony that despite having purchased cooking gas connections from gas dealers who are representatives of Oil companies they( gas dealers) are now asking us to purchase new non-subsidized connections as I have lost my documents,” said Ajaz Ahmad , of Old city.
 “If oil companies are asking consumers who don’t have any documents to purchase new connections to get gas refills why don’t they act against their dealers who had provided us connections illegally,” said a group of consumers waiting outside the gas agency at Karan Nagar.
 Meanwhile, All Kashmir Gas Distributors Association confirmed that Oil companies have banned subsidized gas connections.
 “We have strict directions from the oil companies to sell only non-subsidized gas connections and if a gas dealer provides subsidized connection to the consumer he is severely penalized for that,” said a gas dealer.

Lastupdate on : Sun, 11 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 11 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Mon, 12 Nov 2012 00:00:00 IST




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