Supplyco to provide subsidised fuel to the State transport utility

The government on Wednesday stepped in to offer a temporary relief for the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC), with a meeting convened by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy deciding to hand over 67 fuel pumps operated by the State transport utility to the Kerala State Civil Supplies Corporation (Supplyco) as retail units for sale of subsidised diesel.

Officials of oil companies who attended the meeting agreed to cooperate in granting retail licence to Supplyco to operate the outlets. Briefing reporters after the meeting, Transport Minister Aryadan Mohammed said the measure would help the KSRTC stave off the current crisis by sourcing subsidised diesel from Supplyco. Under the dual pricing system upheld by the Supreme Court on Monday, bulk consumers of diesel such as State transport corporations and the Railways would have to incur an additional burden of Rs.17 a litre over the subsidised price for retail consumers.

Mr. Mohammed said the 67 pumps would be rented out to Supplyco to be operated as retail units open to the public. While the retail licence has to be granted by the Central government, Supplyco would apply to the local bodies concerned for other licences. Supplyco would get commission on the sale of fuel through the 67 outlets. The Minister said Wednesday’s decision was a temporary solution to the crisis facing the transport utility. The State Cabinet is slated to discuss ways to keep the KSRTC afloat…

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