Oil companies asked to increase their buffer stocks in J&K

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JAMMU: Asking the oil companies to factor in weather vagaries of the state in their distribution plans, Minister for CA&PD Ch Zulfkar Ali today asked them to augment and keep in place adequate stock for 21 days in advance in all areas especially in winter bound stations so that consumers get the delivery within 24 hrs after booking.

Reviewing the stock  and supply position of petroleum products in the state, the Minister further asked the oil companies to shift their depots away from human habitations especially in Leh, where the oil depot is located within the heart of the city. He said new depots and petrol pumps should be established in Leh and Nubra valley at the earliest as there is no petrol pump functional in the area.

Issuing strict instructions to the Oil Companies, the Minister asked them to do away with point sale delivery system and ensure home delivery system across the state.

Ch. Zulfkar said the government is contemplating to devise a strategy envisaging that every beneficiary becomes entitled to avail either LPG or K-Oil subsidy as per their requirements and needs. This move is aimed at streamlining the distribution system of fuel products in the state, he added.

“Consumers would be asked to surrender either LPG or K-oil subsidy primarily in urban areas so that every beneficiary in the state gets his due share on time ‘’, he said and directed the CA&PD authorities to issue surrender certificate to the consumers.

Regarding timely distribution of food grains, the Minister asked Food Corporation of India (FCI) authorities to provide quality food items to the consumers.

Secretary CA&PD, Director CA&PD Jammu, representatives of various oil companies, representatives of FCI besides senior officers of the department attended the meeting.

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