No kerosene for blue, white ration cardholders in March

Palakkad: Kerosene supply from ration shops will be interrupted in the state. According to reports, white and blue ration cardholders (priority cardholders) will not get kerosene in March.

It is learned that the kerosene supply was interrupted as the centre deducted 25 percent of the total share of kerosene supply to the state.

In some taluks, kerosene not sold out in February will be distributed to a few non-priority cardholders. Ration dealers’ association alleged that the distribution of kerosene to some people will create protests in the ation shops.

As per the rule, electrified households will get 0.5-litre kerosene. But the non-priority cardholders did not receive kerosene in February.

Following this, the price of kerosene was increased to Rs 40 within a month. Later, the director of civil supplies has issued an order to resume 0.5 litre kerosene supply to blue and white ration cardholders.

The ration dealers came to know about reduction of kerosene supply when they arrived to take the stock from depots.

At present, 20 to 25 percent kerosene is reduced while supplying to the ration shop dealers.

The centre has reduced the quota of kerosene supply to state. Immediate action was initiated not to interrupt the supply, informed the office of the civil supplies’ director.

The ration shop dealers informed that 200 to 300 cardholders are unable to purchase kerosene due to fall in supply.

Kerala needs 13,908 kilolitre kerosene for distribution through ration shops for three months. In June 2019, the centre reduced it to 9,264 kilolitres.

The civil supplies department has informed that the centre did not fill this shortage so far.

Kerala State Retail Ration Dealers Association district committee meeting demanded immediate action to resume the kerosene supply in the state.

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