AIDWA highlights kerosene, LPG shortage

Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: A delegation of the All-India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA) on Thursday met Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar to draw his attention to the shortage in supply of kerosene and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).

It sought his intervention to ensure that there was no rise in the price of kerosene and LPG. The delegation wanted him to call a meeting of State Ministers in charge of Civil Supplies and oil company representatives to take steps to overcome the current crisis.

A memorandum demanded stiff action against black-marketeers and hoarders, proper supply of kerosene through ration shops and setting up of monitoring committees having representatives of women's organisations.

Gas connections

The refusal to provide new gas connections in recent months had posed severe problems.

The AIDWA was extremely concerned over the "attempt" by private players to profit from artificially created fuel shortage, it said.

"We also wish to point out that many consumers have discovered that the cylinders delivered are only half-filled. Such blatant violations are not only condemnable, but also pose a major safety hazard. Punitive action should be taken against the offender," the memorandum said.

The delegation comprised AIDWA general secretary Sudha Sundararaman, vice presidents Brinda Karat and Pramila Pandhe, secretary Ashalata and convener (legal cell) Kirti Singh.