Defaulting LPG agencies to face music
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, June 24 2010: Cracking the whip against the non-issuance of filled LPG cylinders, despite the allocation of one truck load each to the gas agencies on June 15 and 16 respectively, the Commissioner of Consumers Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, has issued an order that the agencies which have failed to release the filled cylinders to their consumers, will henceforth not receive any further allocation.

According to the order issued today, the Commissioner said that 15 truckloads, each containing 306 filled cylinders were allocated to 15 LPG distributors from Sekmai bottling plant as per allocation order issued on June 15 .

A bullet tanker carrying LPG cylinders proceeds towards Imphal led by Y Erabot

This was followed by yet another allocation of 11 truckloads, each carrying 306 filled LPG cylinders to 11 LPG agencies on June 16 .

However, most of the LPG distributors have not distributed the refilled cylinders to the consumers.

Interestingly, the distributors are reportedly awaiting allocation of another batch of refilled cylinders.

But allocation for next batch of refilled cylinders can be made only after the distributors submit detailed sale reports of the previous allocation through the respective Deputy Commissioners.

With most of the distributors not submitting their sale reports, the CAF&PD has decided not to make further allocation of refilled cylinders.

However, Misao Gas, R and H Indane Keirao and Porompat Indane Gas, have issued the filled LPG cylinders to their customers and have submitted their sales record.

Misao Gas distributed filled LPG on June 16, R and H Indane, Keirao on June 17 and Porompat Indane Gas on June 19.The rest are yet to release their stock to the consumers.

Altogether there are 27 LPG agencies in the State and the sales report have to be submitted through the respective Deputy Commissioner.

One truckload of filled LPG cylinders for commercial purposes have also been allotted to MM Gas.

Even as filled LPG cylinders are not available at the agencies the same can be had from the black market at the rate of between Rs 1200 and 1500 per filled cylinder.

Incidentally co-inciding with the stern order issued by the Commissioner of Consumers Affairs, Food and Public Distribution today, six gas agencies have reported today that they will be issuing filled LPG cylinders to their customers tomorrow.

The six gas agencies include K and K Gas, Zemon Gas Agency, MM Gas including commercial filled LPG cylinders, Canchi Indane (Kwakeithel and Naorem Leikai) and Manipur Gas.