CAPD seeks supply as per earlier requisition
Srinagar, Jan 13: In the wake of outrage across Kashmir, the J&K government Tuesday finally took up the curtailment in state’s kerosene quote with the central government and demanded the supply as per the earlier requisition.
The central oil ministry suddenly reduced the kerosene supply to Kashmir from 48, 60,000 litre to 32, 30,000 litre per month, triggering protests. The move has fueled anger among the kerosene dealers as well as locals, with many hitting the streets in protest.
Sources told Greater Kashmir that Secretary, Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution (CAPD), Baseer Ahmad Khan has written to the Union Petroleum Ministry to reconsider its decision of cutting the kerosene quota in view of the chilly weather that people of Kashmir face in winters.
A senior CAPD official admitted the issue is being deliberated with the Centre. “Politicization of this issue won’t serve any purpose. We are deliberating it and are hopeful of a breakthrough in next few days,” he said.
Pertinently, the Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Friday slammed New Delhi for “denying” essential commodities to people of Kashmir “as a revenge tactic” and pitched for supply of the same from Pakistan through the Muzzaffarbad-Srinagar road.
Talking to Greater Kashmir, Director CA&PD, Bilal Ahmad confirmed that the issue of cut in kerosene quota has been taken up with the central government.
“Till the matter is resolved, we have decided to crack down on profiteers and unscrupulous elements who are selling kerosene for commercial purposes,” he said.
Ahmad said teams of CAPD have been entrusted the job of finding out whether kerosene provided to locals under the Public Distribution System is being properly distributed among the beneficiaries or not.
Following reduction in kerosene oil quota by the Union Petroleum Ministry, the CAPD was unable to provide full quantity of kerosene under the PDS to the allotted ration card holders.
The State Government, as a consequence, decided to reduce the quantity by one liter to each eligible family for next two months, drawing flak.