Police Stations Can’t Be Used As LPG Outlets: IGP

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Srinagar, Nov 08: Voicing its reservations over the notification to use police stations as LPG distribution points, Jammu and Kashmir Police Thursday urged the divisional commissioner to ask the deputy commissioner here to identify the points.
“DC Srinagar has issued an order under the endorsement No. DCS/PS/12/5007-80 dated 03-11-2012, where-under he has made the offices of the zonal Dy SP and the police stations as the distribution points. I am sure you’ll appreciate that the Police Stations have to discharge the sensitive task of maintenance of law and order and also attend to other sensitive issues. Therefore, their premises cannot constantly be crowded with people and LPG cylinders as they have to use the available space for the Police Station and work staff as well. You may consider directing the deputy commissioner, Srinagar, to modify his order and identify new points of distribution for the purpose,” reads a communication from the inspector-general of police to the divisional commissioner vide No. K2/CS/LPG / 12 /19944-66 dated 08.11.2012.
The IGP said it was not in a position to take the extra workload in view of its existing responsibilities of law and order in the valley.
Regarding usage of police helpline number ‘100’ for registration of complaints of LPG consumers, police in its communication said it would overload the existing system at the PCR which had to perform its own day to day work.
“It would be better to place another landline number in PCR exclusively for LPG complaints,” the communication said. The reply from police has asked for the presence of CAPD and oil companies representatives in PCR to reply to the public queries on LPG issues.
Quoting sources, KNS said the divisional commissioner had issued written orders for constitution of a task force to oversee the supply and distribution of LPG in various districts.
According to order, copy of which lies with KNS, deputy commissioners were made the chairmen of the team and the district superintendents of police, CAPD assistant director and concerned representative of oil marketing companies, as its members. At the block levels, the teams would comprise the BDOs, SHO concerned and CAPD tehsil supply officers. A complaint redress committee was also ordered at district level comprising the additional DC/ magistrate, Dy. SP I/c PCR, representative of CAPD and representatives of oil companies. (KNS)

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