Mangaluru, Nov 15, 2014: BPL cards will be made available to all eligible poor families, who have applied for the same, said District-in-Charge Minister B Ramanath Rai. He was speaking at the citizen interaction meet organised by Gas Matthu Padithara Balakedarara Vedike in association with Praja Vikasa Seva Trust in Mangalore on Friday.
With the intention that the poor families should not be deprived from getting the BPL cards, the government has already provided 33,000 additional BPL cards to people in the district, he informed.
Ration card woes
Rai said that irregularities such as non availability of ration cards for eligible poor families may be addressed at Janatha Darshan, which is to be held in every taluks, including Mangaluru and immediate steps will be taken to do the needful.
A 90-year-old LPG customer Krishna Venkataramana Pai said that the LPG cylinder delivery boys demand much more than the bill amount and abuse the old couple for denying to pay the overcharged amount.
The customers meanwhile alleged that no licences have been cancelled by the companies so far, even though many agencies are overcharging the customers. The MLC told HPCL and BPCL officials to initiate action against the erring agencies.
Vincent Pinto from Bajpe said that there are no LPG agencies in Bajpe and the people have to bring the cylinder from faraway places in autorickshaws, which not only is expensive but also painstaking for senior citizens. People of nearby six villages suffer due to this.
Food Department Deputy Director Sharanabasappa replied that a proposal has been sent to the state coordinator of an oil company to open an agency in Bajpe.
HPCL official Manikanthan Muralidhar, said that as the High Court had imposed a stay on the commissioning of new agencies, the set up of new agencies did not take place. The agencies will be started at various places, including Bantwal, Kalladka and Mangalore city in the next month.
LPG users also complained on the inconvenience of automated LPG cylinder booking system, late delivery of gas cylinders and hassles in the renewal of ration cards. They demanded removal of APL and BPL systems and implement a uniform system in the distribution of ration.
‘Regulators should not be discarded or sold’
Answering to a question, BPCL official Gautham said that when customers change the distributor, the companies ask them to return the old regulator before issuing the termination letter to the customer. This is done to avoid the misuse of the regulator. If the regulator is lost, then the customer has to submit an application towards the loss of regulator to the company, before availing a new one.
Also, there are duplicate regulators in the market, he said and told customers to be aware of them and use only genuine regulators. The regulator will be the asset of the company and it is lent to the customer on collecting certain amount as a deposit. The regulator should not be sold or discarded, he added.
Gas matthu Padithara Balakedarara Vedike President Dharmendra was present.