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Party protests against State Government's decision to stop supply to ration cardholders having LPG connection

District officials should instruct LPG agencies to return kerosene coupons LPG dealers continue to retain coupons saying no instructions were givenCoupons belonging to 3,500 families retained by LPG dealers: CPI(M)

VISAKHAPATNAM: The Jagadamba zone committee of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) continued its agitation against the Government's decision to stop kerosene supply to the ration cardholders having LPG connection.

The district officials should keep their assurance that they would instruct the LPG agencies to return the kerosene coupons collected from the ration cardholders, committee secretary J.D. Naidu said at a press conference here on Saturday.

The CPI(M) organised a dharna in front of the DRO's office here on January 10 seeking that all white ration cardholders should also be supplied kerosene. The party workers were involved in a tussle with the police during the demonstration.

But the LPG dealers continued to retain the kerosene coupons (issued along with the new ration cards for a period of three years) saying that they had not received instructions from the officials, the party leaders said. The quota of ration, being supplied to others, had also reduced from 10 litres to seven litres for each card.

No mention in G.O.

There was no mention in the G.O. concerned that kerosene supply should be stopped to the ration cardholders having LPG connection, the party leaders said and estimated that coupons belonging to 3,500 families had been retained by the LPG dealers. The committee also organised a demonstration in front of a LPG dealer's office on Saturday.

The CPI(M) ward committee secretaries Md. Saleem and M. Subba Rao, along with the AIDWA Jagadamba zone president K. Mani, secretary R. Varalakshmi and member Nasreena Begum, alleged that several fair price shop dealers were not issuing the quota of rice and kerosene regularly to cardholders.

Spandana

The zone committee would take all cardholders of such shops to the Spandana (the weekly public grievances redressal programme conducted by the Collector) on January 23 and would not move till the officials concerned made the FP shop dealers supply the quota regularly, the party leaders said.