"We are aware about the leakages and pilferages. That has  o be stopped through technological intervention," Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan cited in Rajya Sabha.

He added a lot of pilferages and leakages occur in mid-stream and down-stream sector. "This country has to upgrade its marketing network. We have to modernise ourselves. Through massive technological intervention only, this can be solved. This new government is on the job," Pradhan mentioned.

They had formed a committee to look into the details. They were coming out with a new marketing plan. Through that, all the answers could be given, he added.

Asked why the government was not passing on the benefits of reduced international oil prices to consumers, the Minister said the policy adopted by the previous UPA government for determining the prices of petrol and diesel was being adopted by this government and the benefit of reduced prices was being passed on as per previous policy.

When a member termed the high taxes imposed by government on petroleum products as "loot", Pradhan lamented that the member considered making roads and creating infrastructure for the poor as loot.

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