Kerosene supply to go online

Hyderabad: Civil Supplies Commissioner CV Anand convened a co-ordination meeting on Wednesday with the officials of Civil Supplies Department, oil companies and representatives of wholesale kerosene dealers to sort out delays in lifting of kerosene from ex-depot of oil companies, supplies to FP shop dealers and to ensure that kerosene reaches cardholders properly in the State.

Addressing the meeting, Anand said there was no proper co-ordination among the oil company authorities and the wholesale dealers causing delay in lifting and supply of kerosene. The CCS, with a view to curb diversion of kerosene and to sort out the problems in the existing system, has instructed the NIC authorities to develop software under which the entire allocation to wholesale dealers and Fair Price Shop dealers till FP Shop level should be done through online only.

At present, the allocation, lifting and distribution of rice, sugar and other commodities except kerosene are being done through online in ePDS application. The CCS has instructed all the concerned officers to bring the kerosene also in ePDS application so as to ensure that as in the case of other commodities, kerosene supplied to the card holders from 1st to 15th every month. He also cautioned that no one should be lenient in the supply of kerosene till it reaches the card holders.

Anand said during the meeting on Monday that Civil Supplies Minister had stressed the need to ground the Deepam connections. So, Anand has instructed the oil companies officials that they shall also need to take pro-active steps to ground Deepam connections.

He also said that about 11,500 kilo liters of kerosene with a subsidy of Rs 8 per liter is being distributed every month to card holders and that there are several complaints on diversion of kerosene -NSS

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