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Delhi Govt. clarifies kerosene order

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NEW DELHI, JAN. 11. Clarifying that the Department of Food and Supplies had not withheld any kerosene stocks at its level nor had it reduced the entitlement of the ration-card holders, the Delhi Government today in a statement said that it had through a recent order removed anomalies in the present system.

The statement from the Additional Commissioner (Fuel), Ramesh Tiwari, comes in the wake of allegations levelled by the Nationalist Congress Party MLA, Ramvir Singh Bidhuri, on Monday. At a press conference here, he had alleged that the Department of Food and Supplies had reduced kerosene quota distributed to the poor through fair prices shops by as much as 60 per cent. Mr. Bidhuri had threatened to launch a public agitation, if the order was not withdrawn within a week.

In its statement, the Department of Food and Supplies said unlike in the past when kerosene was distributed to ration-card holders on first-cum-first-serve basis and also depending on the number of members in the family, it has been decided that every card holder would now get 10.24 litres of kerosene every month, irrespective of the number of units. The previous system has been dispensed with, the statement said because "a number of complaints were received that many card holders have been denied kerosene against such cards which were having more number of units."

Mr. Tiwari stated that the Delhi Government has been receiving an allocation of as many as 18,040 kilo litres of kerosene per month, which has remained unchanged since April 2004. "Divided among the kerosene card holders of Delhi, this works out to 10.24 litres per card per month. Zone wise allocation is also made on this basis," he said.

"Analogy of uniform distribution has been taken from the distribution of Specified Food Articles (wheat and rice) in which entitlement of the family for withdrawal of food grains remain the same irrespective of the number of units in the family," the statement said.

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