New Delhi: The Central Government had claimed that the quota system in delivery of subsidised LPG cylinders to the customers would curb the black marketing. But more than two months after the implementation of scheme, the picture portrays a totally different story.   

The government move has not only increased the demand of small and unsafe LPG cylinders but also fueled black marketing of kerosene oil. Later, the Delhi government banned sale of kerosene oil adding to common man’s woes.    

The worst affected are the poor people migrating from other states to the national capital in search of jobs. They have neither documents for identification nor enough money to buy non-subsidised LPG cylinders.

After the government implemented the six-cylinder cap on subsidised LPG cylinders, the prices of LPG gas increased from Rs 70 per kg to anything above Rs 110 per kg in the market.  

In a bid to chalk out ways to curb the black marketing of LPG cylinders, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit met Union petroleum Minister Veerappa Moily but nothing substantial came out of the meeting.

The cases of black marketing are likely to rise after December 2012 as the quota on subsidised cylinders will come to an end.

JPN/Jaiprakash Ranjan

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