Kerosene Shortage: Karra Raises Issue with Union Petroleum Minister

KL Report

SRINAGAR

Seeking immediate revocation of the Union Petroleum Ministry order reducing kerosene oil quota to Kashmir, senior PDP leader and Member Parliament, Tariq Hameed Karra has sought personal intervention of the Union Petroleum Minister in the matter.

Karra has, in a communication to the Union Petroleum Minister, Dharmendra Pradhan, that reduction in kerosene oil quota to Kashmir amid harsh winter conditions is an unfair decision, which needs to be revoked immediately.  He said the arbitrary move has not only added to the miseries of common people in Kashmir who are dependent on extra fuel during winters, but has especially made the life of flood-affected people miserable who are living in makeshift places.

Karra said the massive 37 percent cut in kerosene oil supply to Kashmir would also leave hundreds of people jobless who are dependent on the trade for their livelihood. “Kashmir is already facing substantial shortfall in LPG retail outlets as compared to other parts of the country and reduction in kerosene oil quota is only going to aggravate the fuel crisis in the State,” he said and added that the Union Petroleum Ministry should release sufficient quota of kerosene oil to Kashmir keeping in view its peculiar topography, climatic conditions and the massive damage caused of floods.

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