Patna: Reeling under persistent power cuts and shortage of kerosene oil, the people of Bihar are even devoid of kitchen fuel today. Moreover, the LPG distributors have failed to supply cylinders to 4,67,728 consumers in the state till May 2012.

The negligence of the Centre can be gauged from the fact that out of the 10 crore population in Bihar, only 38.16 lakh families have LPG connections. It is to be noted, the state government has written several times to the Centre to provide gas connections in the state, but in vain.

Moreover, the supply of other fuels like kerosene is no better as out of 9.72 crore litre of kerosene demand, only 6.32 crore litre is being supplied by the Centre.

About 5,000 gas agencies are required in Bihar, but there are only 509 gas agencies in the state out of which 244 belong to Indian Oil Corporation, 138 to Bharat Petroleum and 127 to Hindustan Petroleum.

Food and consumer protection Minister Shyam Rajak says, “After power and kerosene shortage, the Centre has now closed its eyes to the LPG shortage in the state. Currently, only one out of ten families has a gas connection while the backlog is worrisome.  In order to ensure regular LPG supply and new gas connections, several letters have been written to the Prime Minister but no heed has been paid to it.”

Orders issued to fill backlog within a week

The state government on Wednesday instructed the oil companies to solve the backlog crisis within a week.

Shyam Rajak held a meeting with the officials of the gas companies and asked them to supply gas cylinders within a fixed time after booking. He also asked them to provide the complete data to the consumers.

The officials assured him to prepare a special work plan to solve the backlog problem.


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