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State, Centre wrangle over kerosene quota

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Bhubaneswar: The Government of Odisha and the Centre are again at loggerheads over the kerosene quota to the State with accusations flying thick and fast.

Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Minister Sanjay Dasburma Yesterday said the Union Government has slashed the Kerosene quota by about 40 per cent. The Centre must restore the quota soon for the welfare of beneficiaries.

However Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said 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. 2.4 kilolitre of kerosene has been allotted to the state, he alleged.

Putting his stance against Union Minister’s statement, BJD spokesperson Samir Dash said the kerosene quota is being slashed to the state, under the pretext that 40 per cent of the population are electricity consumers and are having LPG connections. However, under Ujjwala scheme the LPG connections are being distributed on the basis of party affiliations, he alleged.

Contradicting the statement of Samir Dash, a BJP spokesperson said let the State government first submit the list of 60 per cent beneficiaries, to whom the kerosene has been distributed.

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