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Black marketing adds to kerosene shortage

Black marketing adds to kerosene shortage
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In an attempt to reduce consumption of kerosene, the central government has reduced distribution of kerosene to fair price shops But, some dealers are...

Kacheguda: In an attempt to reduce consumption of kerosene, the central government has reduced distribution of kerosene to fair price shops. But, some dealers are also indulging in black market. They are diverting the ration and selling it to shop owners, hotels, restaurants and others.
Ration shop dealers also allege that they are not getting their quota, while civil supplies officials condemned it.

Officials said that as many as six lakh liters of kerosene is supplied to 5.12 lakh ration card holders under 702 fair price shops every month. The dealers used to supply four liters of kerosene per a month, but it has been reduced to a liter as per the government’s new policy. Beneficiaries are alleging that they are roaming around fair shops for one week to get their quota. Distribution of grocery takes place through the shops from 1 to 20 of every month.

It is alleged that the dealers are selling kerosene in black market for Rs 50 per liter. A few dealers reportedly joined hands with wholesale kerosene suppliers to sideline the kerosene. Officials caught two subsidy kerosene lorries at Balanagar recently.

Locals are demanding that the government look into the matter and address the issue. According to sources, the government is planning to remove kerosene from ration list. The government has created awareness programmes on ill-effects of preparing food, using kerosene and firewood.

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