JKDF memorandum to Div Com demands roll back in prices

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Sept 28: Activists of Jammu Kashmir Democratic Front (JKDF) led by its senior leader Krishan Lal today submitted a memorandum to Divisional Commissioner Jammu on behalf of Chairman JKDF Anil Gupta regarding growing crisis due to increase in diesel prices and removal of subsidy on cooking gas and its effects on common masses.
The memorandum demanded that some effective measures be taken to control the prices of diesel and cooking gas besides managing the supply of cooking gas.
The memorandum while expressing dismay over the hike in prices of gas and diesel said that in last three years six times increase has been recorded in petro-products and also a huge increase of Rs 347  in cooking gas cylinder prices this time will hit the poor consumers badly.
Furthermore erratic supply of gas cylinders and verification process of dealers  of various oil companies operating in Jammu Division have added fuel to the fire. The supply of domestic gas to consumers is worsening with each passing day, especially since the Government’s policy of issuing of only six subsidized cylinders in the year, that too only 3 cylinders will be issued up to the March 2013 to all consumers which is totally illogical, the memorandum added.
It said the people have to wait hours together in long queues in order to book their gas. Moreover,  consumers are being subjected to harassment by dealers in the name of verification, whereas it was only few months ago that the process of  verification of domestic gas consumers was completed by the Oil Companies.  The supply of gas to the consumers by home delivery has been stopped thereby forcing the people to stand hours in long queues only to create chaos and mess. The gas connections to genuine customers who have been recently verified are also blocked, it added.
This has promoted black marketing and people are in total confusion not knowing the way to get out of this.
The memorandum demanded   that the cost of Diesel must be rolled back in order to control the growing inflation, the subsidy on cooking gas must continue for some more time so as to  give the people time to adapt the new policy, at least three months time be given to the consumers for verification process till then the supply should be made on previous pattern, those customers who have recently verified their papers should not be subjected to harassment by dealers for re-verification, supply of gas should be immediately resumed to all consumers, the home delivery and phone  booking system should be restored immediately, mechanism should be devised so that the people may face minimum inconvenience during the whole public distribution system of gas cylinders and the black marketing of cylinders must be checked.

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