Steps would be taken to establish LPG distribution agencies under the Rajiv Gandhi Rural LPG Distribution Scheme in the district this year to ensure prompt distribution of LPG cylinders and to overcome shortcomings in the existing distribution system, said Darez Ahmed, Collector.

At a grievances redress meeting for LPG consumers here on Saturday, Mr.Ahmed said the distribution agencies would come up at Srivachur, Padalur, Lebbaikudikadu and Kunnam and help in bringing down complaints regarding delay in supply of LPG refills in the rural areas.

Efforts were afoot to ensure that the agencies were functional within the next three months, he said.

Already three agencies were functioning under the scheme in the district at Esanai, Kurumbalur and Arumbavur.

Consumers complained of inordinate delay in supply of LPG refills and of the mandatory gap insisted upon by distributors to register bookings for refills.

Responding to the complaints, Mr.Ahmed said LPG was distributed in the district through four distributors in the district and eight distributors functioning in the nearby districts. Currently, LPG is distributed only through the Indian Oil Corporation in the district leading to short supply and the district administration would recommend to the government that more oil companies were given the task.