Chhattisgarh stops kerosene subsidy to general ration card holders
government has decided to stop distribution of subsidised Kerosene to general
ration card holders through the public distribution system (PDS). The
distribution would however continue for Priority and Antyodaya card holders.
Confirming the move,
Director Food, civil supplies and consumer protection, Dr Kamalpreet Singh,
said till now nearly 3 lakh general card holders were getting 2 ltr kerosene
per card at subsidised rates of Rs 15 to Rs 17 per litre. However, from July 1,
this distribution is being stopped and all general card holders would have to
buy kerosene from other outlets at the prevailing market rates.
The prevailing market
rate is between Rs 48 to Rs 49. Incidentally, the state government had in April
stopped distribution of subsidised food grains, including rice and wheat (15
kgs, at cost of Rs 9.50 per kg to all general card holders.
Singh said that PDS
shop owners have been informed that the extra stock of kerosene that would be available
with them as a result of the government's decision would have to be utilised in
the next month. He said all PDS shop owners have been directed to upload
information of extra stock on departmental website. Physical verification of
stock will also be done.
The government's move
to stop subsidy to general card holders has been taken as it was felt that the
same was not needed. "The general card holders are comparatively well off
and can afford to buy stuff from the market. The subsidy is meant for those who
cannot afford these things from open market", said an officer.