Arrears pending in petrol pumps; police cut down patrolling

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Kannur: The financial crisis of the Kerala government has allegedly affected the regular functioning of the police stations in the state. The routine patrolling of police force may be hindered in many stations as the arrears pending at fuel pumps has steeply increased.

Each police station has at least 2 vehicles, for which the government has allotted 200 litres of fuel monthly per vehicle. Meanwhile, there is no upper limit for the fuel consumption for vehicles allocated to higher officials.

Usually the vehicles are fuelled from selected pumps and the bills are settled on a monthly basis. However, many pump owners decided not to distribute the fuel for police vehicles as arrears of several months are pending though the financial year is nearing to an end. Hence, the police stations in the state have received directions orally to limit the patrolling.

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