Minister’s order on LPG decried

Staff Reporter

‘Levy of delivery charge illegal’

‘Rs.1 crore collected from customers

in district’

A corrupt practice, says Yuva Janata Dal

KOZHIKODE: The State committee of the Yuva Janata Dal has described as illegal the Civil Supplies Department’s order rescinding the directive of the District Collector on non-levying of LPG delivery charges from consumers.

Yuva Janata Dal State general secretary Saleem Madavoor alleged that the order of Civil Supplies Minister C. Divakaran amounted to encouraging a corrupt practice.

According to an agreement signed with oil companies, the distributors were bound to deliver the LPG cylinders to consumers in the area specified without levying any extra charge. The Minister by allowing the levy of distribution charge was in fact abetting an illegal practice, he said.

Over Rs.1 crore was collected a month by agencies at the rate of Rs.25 from as many as 4,29,751 consumers in the district. The Yuva Janata Dal asked the Chief Minister to institute a vigilance inquiry into the issue.

Instead of making the order of the District Collector applicable to gas agencies all over the State, and thereby preventing the levy of an unjustified fee from the consumers, the Minister had sought to align with erring gas agencies, it was pointed out.

Consumer forum’s plea

Meanwhile, the Kozhikode District Consumer Protection Committee has suggested stringent action against LPG distribution agencies that violate rules. President of the association T.K.A. Azeez said the authorities must take strict measures, including cancellation of licence, against agencies found flouting rules in the inspection conducted on Tuesday. A meeting of the forum said that it had been established that the complaints of consumers on violation of the booking order list and selling of cylinders by agencies were true.

The forum suggested regular checks by authorities.

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