Surprise checks to curb pilferage of cooking gas: Deora
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Last Updated: Tuesday, December 01, 2009, 15:53
New Delhi: Surprise quality control checks are being carried out at various LPG supply points to curb pilferage of cooking gas and illegal trade of supplying under-filled cylinders, the Government told Rajya Sabha today.

"Surprise Quality Control checks, which include weighing of cylinders, are carried out by field officers at distributors' godowns and when the cylinders are being carried to godowns," Petroleum Minister Murli Deora said answering supplementaries during Question Hour.

He said government planned to fit a device to an LPG cylinder to prevent pilferage and a global expression of interest (EOI) has been invited for the purpose.

Deora said oil marketing companies (OMCs) like IOC, BPCL and HPCL have reported that based on established complaints of supply of underweight cylinders, action has been taken in 163 cases including termination of four LPG distributors in the country during the last three years.

"Whenever OMCs receive complaints, these are investigated and suitable action is taken as per provisions of marketing discipline guidelines wherein a fine of Rs 20,000 is imposed on first offence and Rs 50,000 on second offence, while distributorship is terminated for third offence," Deora said.

The minister said three major OMCs distribute 11 crore cylinders, and by 2015 this number will go up to 16 crore.

Deora said a new scheme has been launched to distribute LPG connections to households of rural poor.

He also said to increase the exploration and production of oil and gas, eighth bid round of new exploration licensing policy (NELP-VIII) was launched on April 9, 2009.


First Published: Tuesday, December 01, 2009, 15:53

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