Oilcos resume sale of subsidized LPG connections

MUKEET AKMALI

Srinagar, Jan 14: Much to the delight of LPG consumers, the oil companies operating in the state have announced the resumption of sale of subsidized cooking gas connections.
 After new LPG policy came into effect the oil companies had suspended the sale of new cooking gas connections.
  “Consumers can now purchase subsidized cooking gas connections. They only have to give an affidavit mentioning that they are not consumers of any other oil company and fulfil other formalities,” said Sales Area Manager, Indane Oil Company, Pervaiz Khan.
 Khan said that if later consumers are found having gas connections of any other company, their security amount deposited by them with the company will be forfeited and the connection blocked.
 He said if any consumer has purchased non-subsidized gas connections his/her connection can also be converted into subsidized category by filing an affidavit by him/her with the gas dealer. “Thereafter the consumer will be entitled to get the subsidized gas as per the government order,” he said.
 However, Khan said if any gas dealer refuses to give subsidized connection or fails to convert non-subsidized LPG connection into subsidized, the consumer should contact the officials of that particular company and appropriate action will be taken against the dealer.
 Pertinently, the three oil companies operating in the state namely Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL), Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL), and Indane Oil Corporation (IOC) will merge their database in one server which will help them “weed out any consumer registered with multiple companies.”
 There were several complaints against gas dealers telling the consumers that there is ban on new subsidized gas connections, thereby forcing consumers to purchase non-subsidized connections.
 Notably, according to gas dealers if a consumer transfers LPG connection from one individual to another, that connection would also be recorded as non-subsidized.
 An official of Oil Company confirmed that such connections will be recorded as subsidized connection thereby enabling consumers to get six subsidized gas cylinders in a financial year.
 Interestingly, according to a 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.

Lastupdate on : Mon, 14 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 14 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
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