Governing BJD and BJP leaders are engaged in War of Words over curtailment of Kerosene Quota by the Union Government to Odisha.
Union Minister Petroleum & Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan made a dig at Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Minister Sanjay Dasburma for BJD’s proposed agitation from 10 April to protest the reduction in quota.
Mr.Pradhan told Media men on the sidelines of a party program, that the State Government was trying to encourage black marketers only.
He dared the Supply Minister to upload the beneficiaries’ list on the website which he claimed the name of the Chief Minister.
“The list of sub-dealers has been displayed on the website but there is no information about the beneficiaries. If they have courage then they should publish the detailed list of beneficiaries listed under the NFSA scheme,” Union Minister urged..
“Odisha is losing revenue by promoting black marketers. I demand that the data related to distribution of kerosene in Odisha be made public,” Mr.Pradhan urged.
The Union Minister said if the State reduces the quota Suo Moto, then it will get the subsidy from the Union Government which can be utilized for development work.
“I have nothing to say if Minister of the State promotes black marketers at the cost of poor people of the State,” Union Minister said, adding he suggested the State Government to stop the rampant pilferage of the fuel in Odisha. He said by not using clean fuel women in State are falling victim to diseases.
BJD Spokesperson Pratap Keasri Deb rejected the allegations and said that the the Union Minister’s charges are not based on facts and truth.
“If the Centre is so concerned about the revenue loss, then they should stop the Kerosene quota. That would stop black marketing. The Centre appoints kerosene wholesale dealers and all the information about that goes to the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas,”
Mr.Deb said, “A responsible Union Minister like Mr.Pradhan should not try to give baseless comments.”
In fact the BJD announced on 8 April to launch a State-wide protest over curtailment of Kerosene quota to Odisha, said Mr.Deb..
He alleged that the Odisha Government’s demand for increasing the fuel quota as per the rise in requirement is not being heeded time and again.
State Government has brought to the notice of MoPNG over the issue several times and Centre has turned deaf ear to the genuine demands.