Akhoon calls on Union Petroleum Minister

Excelsior Correspondent
NEW DELHI, Oct 15: Minister for Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution (CA&PD), Transport Qamar Ali Akhoon called on Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Jaipaul Reddy and appraised him about the problems that had arisen in the State after announcement of cap on subsidized LPG.
The Minister gave a detailed brief to Mr. Reddy about the geographical and topographical conditions, severe lengthy winter season by which frequent closure of Jammu -Srinagar National Highways occurs besides closure of Srinagar-Kargil-Leh National Highway and unbearable chilly days in the State due to which the people of the State are already facing tremendous hardships.
Mr Akhoon informed Mr Reddy that capping on LPG will add miseries to the people of the State.
The Minister informed Mr. Reddy that the State Legislature in its recently concluded autumn session has passed unanimously a resolution for enhancing the cap on LPG cylinders in respect of Jammu and Kashmir.
Mr Akhoon strongly pleaded reviewing the policy and reconsidering the procedure adopted by various Oil Companies in respect of Jammu and Kashmir.
He also pleaded for easing the procedure for obtaining fresh LPG connection, establishment of more distribution centres and providing of sufficient quantity of LPG in the State in view of ensuing winter season.
The Minister requested Mr. Reddy that the Oil Companies be directed to engage additional manpower at the outlets so that the rush of the consumers is dealt with accordingly without any inconvenience. He also pleaded for establishment of additional counters for receipt of Know Your Costumer (KYC) forms and a separate common facility centre be established in capital cities of Jammu and Srinagar for the convenience of the people.
Responding to the demands, the Union Minister said that the procedure for receiving the documents and other related works will be sorted out in consultation with the Oil Companies. However, he said the role back of the policy, enhancement on subsidized cylinders and any other special concession in respect of the Jammu and Kashmir State is within the jurisdiction of the Prime Minister.

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