Cold Comfort

Chief  Minister Omar Abdullah has surrendered two of his three LPG connections following media reports about it. Considering JK is reeling under LPG turmoil, Omar’s gesture has a certain symbolic resonance: that like the common Kashmiris, the chief minister of the state will also get six subsidized cylinders a year.  But given the severe crisis that has beset the state following the imposition of a cap on the number of subsidized cylinders for a year, CM’s surrender of the extra LPG connections will have come as little more than a cold comfort. For JK Government is still far from confronting the massive problem at hand. A virtual chaos rules on the streets of Valley. Every day long queues of people wait on the roads outside the gas outlets, a large number of them for sorting out their papers.  There are two dimensions to the crisis: one is the cap on the subsidized cylinders which as government itself has acknowledged is unfair due to the harsh winter in the state. Second is the difficulty in procuring papers for a gas connection. In Valley, it is the latter problem that has taken on massive dimensions while the government is sitting by and watching, almost oblivious to the unprecedented crisis and chaos that is playing out on the ground. Government’s priority remains increasing the number of subsidized LPG cylinders; CM has now written to the new petroleum minister M Veerappa Moily. He has stressed the increase in the quota of subsidised cylinders to JK under a special category keeping in view the topography and chilly long winter of the state. But there has been little attention to the difficulties faced by the people in getting the necessary papers. There is a lot that remains unsettled here. A large number of people who live as tenants in the city don’t know how and where to get their next cylinder. It is time that government invests some effort in this direction.

Lastupdate on : Sun, 4 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 4 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Mon, 5 Nov 2012 00:00:00 IST

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