Patna: Bihar Food and Civil Supplies
Minister Shyam Rajak on Wednesday held the Centre responsible for
black-marketing of LPG in the state.
"The centre is basically responsible for acute
shortage and black-marketing of LPG," Rajak said while
replying to a question of ruling JD(U) member Sanjay Singh in
the state legislative council.
The minister said there was sharp imbalance in demand
and supply of the cooking gas in Bihar.
"Bihar has one agency on an average of 32,000
population against the national average of one agency per
10,000 population," he said.
The state had at present 346 cooking gas agencies, he
"But, it is for the oil companies to take appropriate
steps in this connection... the artificial shortage of the LPG
is created by some anti-socials who also encourage
blackmarketing," he said.
Rajak said punitive action had already been taken
against 15 cooking gas agencies in Bihar following complaints
of blackmarketing and other irregularities.