Bhubaneswar: Food and Civil Supplies minister Sanjay Das Burma today informed at a press meet that BJD will protest to demand non PDS rate kerosene supply from Centre. The debate over kerosene has been on between the state and Centre since the last week.
While the state government has maintained that Odisha is suffering because of reduction in kerosene quota by around 40 per cent overall, the Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan had said on April 3 that the per-head quota for kerosene allotted to Odisha is 24 litres. He said, the State Government should stop the rampant pilferage of the fuel in Odisha as already 2.4 kilolitre of kerosene has been allotted to the state.
Today at a press meet by BJD, Das Burma said the Centre has cut down kerosene supply to state by 25 percent last year despite the dire need of non PDS rate kerosene. The state government will protest against this on April 10, 11 and 12.
On April 10, the BJD members will protest in Bhubaneswar outside Raj Bhawan while on April 11 and 12 they will stage dharna before RDC offices in Berhampur and Sambalpur respectively.