Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Thursday directed oil companies to fast-track verification of documents for LPG connections and take urgent steps to supply cylinders to people at their homes.

Taking stock of supply and demand of LPG cylinders in the state at a joint meeting of high level state officers and representatives of oil companies in Srinagar, Abdullah directed to redouble efforts to process consumers' documents for obtaining new connections or transferring existing ones.

The chief minister directed to ensure delivery of gas cylinders to consumers and make non-subsidised LPG cylinders available for people without any stipulation or pre-condition for obtaining these cylinders, an official spokesman said "It should be the option of the consumer to obtain either subsidised or non-subsidised LPG cylinders as per his wish,"
he said.

The chief minister said the government will not tolerate any false scarcity or black marketing of LPG cylinders in the state and asked oil companies to sensitise dealers in this regard.

"Smooth availability of LPG cylinders for consumers should be made benchmark of the functioning of supply system by oil companies," he said.

"Home delivery should be ensured within the shortest possible time," Abdullah said.

He said consumers should get hassle-free supply of LPG cylinders at their homes as is prevalent elsewhere in the country. He directed full capacity utilisation of LPG bottling plant at Pampore.

The chief minister also reviewed the supply and stock position of essential commodities including kerosene and other fuel.

(Agencies)

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