'Cut in K-oil supply uncalled for'

Greater Kashmir

Srinagar, Jan 13: Former chief minister and senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad Tuesday asked the central petroleum ministry to reverse its decision of slashing kerosene quota to Jammu and Kashmir.
In his letter addressed to the MOS, Petroleum and Natural Gas, Dharmendra Pradhan, Azad said there have been media reports that quota of kerosene oil for Jammu and Kashmir has been slashed down substantially which has caused anxiety and unease among the people.
“You may be aware that the demand for the consumption of electricity goes up tremendously in winters in J&K. But due to the mismatch between the demand and supply of power, people are compelled to rely on other sources of energy like kerosene for meeting their daily needs of heat and light. Therefore, the reduction of quota of kerosene oil at this critical juncture is as much unjustified and uncalled for, as it is ill-timed and irrational,” the letter reads.
He states that the devastating floods last year have not only caused unprecedented damage to private properties but has also thrown in disarray the public infrastructure like roads, power distribution network and drinking water systems. “This has increased the dependence of people on alternate sources of energy like kerosene oil for the purpose of light and heat.”
“In the aftermath of ravaging floods of September 2014 and the ongoing chilly weather conditions, it would have been very much appreciated if the supplies of all essential articles, including kerosene oil to J&K would have been enhanced to provide comfort and respite to the people. However, the decision to the contrary has disappointed the people of the
State and is bound to increase their hardships,” Azad said. “This sudden and irrational reduction in the quota of kerosene oil will only exacerbate the miseries and pangs of the people of J&K, especially Kashmir Valley, Ladakh, Chenab Valley, Pir Panjal, and upper reaches of Kathua, Reasi and Udhampur. I would like to request you to ask the concerned authorities to immediately reverse the decision of reducing the quota of kerosene oil and restore the same, at least to the original level.”