Staff Reporter

Lube Control Order will be strictly enforced: Minister

There are complaints about sale of adulterated lubricants under popular brand names No encouraging response from farmers on supply of bio-fuel generated from the seeds of jatropha plant Oil companies conducting awareness programmes in districts and taluks

BANGALORE: Minister for Food and Civil Supplies H.S. Mahadeva Prasad on Monday said that the State Government would consider taking action against retailers selling adulterated lubricants.

Speaking at the inauguration of the oil and gas conservation fortnight here, Mr. Prasad said he would soon call a meeting of officials of his department to check adulteration.

Mr. Prasad said his department had received complaints about sale of adulterated lubricants under popular brand names.

The department would strictly enforce the new Lube Control Order issued by the Government. The order made it mandatory for all retailers selling lubricants to register themselves. This would help in checking the quality of lubricants, Mr. Prasad said.

V.K. Jayachandran, General Manager of Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), said the oil companies were yet to get an encouraging response from farmers on supply of bio-fuel generated from the seeds of jatropha plant. The oil companies were conducting awareness programmes in districts and taluks. Mr. Jayachandran said his company was not facing any problem in the supply of domestic LPG gas cylinders to customers. He said the company was clearing the backlog with regard to new customers.

Mr. Jayachandran said the problem, which was more a result of the closure of the Reliance gas refinery, had been solved after the refinery resumed its operations. The IOC, he said, was also monitoring the use of domestic LPG cylinders for vehicles and for commercial purposes. On the occasion, several school students participated in the essay and drawing competitions related to saving oil.

More In: KARNATAKA | NATIONAL