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Selection of LPG dealerships through draw of lots from now on

The government has changed the way state oil firms select distributors of domestic LPG, replacing the present practice of shortlisting through interviews with a draw of lots to pick the dealer.



New Delhi: The government has changed the
way state oil firms select distributors of domestic LPG,
replacing the present practice of shortlisting through
interviews with a draw of lots to pick the dealer.

"Petroleum Minister Murli Deora has approved the proposal
to introduce a transparent system of selection of distributors
for LPG in the country through the draw of lots," an official
press statement said today.

The system has been changed following allegations of
irregularities in the present selection process.

Under the present system, the eligible applicants are
selected through documents and interviews by officers of oil
marketing companies. There have been allegations of
favouritism in the selection procedure, leading to numerous
litigations.

"A number of distributorships remains pending, as the
large number of unsuccessful candidates raise issues on the
candidature of successful applicants," the statement said.

Deora has now ordered that oil companies will shortlist
applicants who fulfil the minimum eligibility criteria duly
advertised. The dealer or distributor of LPG in an area will
be selected through a draw of lots of the shortlisted
candidates.

"The draw of lots would be held in presence of the
representatives of public authorities. The process will also
be video-graphed," it said.

The new selection methodology is the same as the
procedure followed under the Rajiv Gandhi Gramin LPG Vitrak
scheme to appoint distributors for selling LPG in rural areas.

While approving the proposal, Deora observed that the
change would take care of allegations of malafide activity in
selection.

"This would also expedite the process of establishing
distributorships, as in the present system, a number of
complaints are received against the successful candidates,
leading to delays in commissioning," he said.

The change in the procedure would help achieve faster
progress in the government`s endeavour to expand the reach of
LPG to uncovered areas.

It may be recalled that Deora had last year approved the
Vision 2015 for augmenting marketing infrastructure for
petroleum products, under which LPG networks are targeted to
cover 75 per cent of the population by 2015.

At present, LPG coverage extends to about 55 per cent of
the country`s population.

The necessary guidelines will be issued by the Ministry
of Petroleum and Natural Gas to the oil marketing companies
soon, the statement added.

PTI

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