CPI(M) stages protest for capping LPG supply in Shimla


By : Mohan Verma

City unit of Communist Party of India (Marxist) today staged protest outside Deputy Commissioner office, Shimla for capping LPG supply after linking it with adhar card scheme.

Deputy Mayor of Shimla Municipal Corporation Mr. Tekinder Panwar also addressed the protest rally, alleged that real intent of UPA government is to deprive the masses from subsidy given on LPG as it had already capped after linking with adhar card in the country.

Numbers of LPG customers had been affected in the state as state government burdened them to purchase LPG cylinders on very high prices, not only unjustified but beyond their reach also.

Terming it as an excuse to reduce subsidy, CPI(M) leader said that government was following policy of neo-liberalism which was withdrawing support of state for public welfare scheme and amenities and levying high taxes, on the other hand it had reduced tax burden on corporates giving them loan waiver.

“Adhar has no legal sanctity as the court did not consider it legal document, moreover, UPA government was spending crores on this project enforcing it on everyone as new schemes were being brought under its ambit with following codal formalities,” CPI(M) leader said.

The frequent complaints were pouring from different quarter for not getting regular payment of LPG subsidies in the banks before charging it from people during distribution of cylinder, he added that large number of people had still not received the copy of adhar enrolled under it, long time back.

Terming the government decisions erroneous he said that how can state government implement such erratic schemes as it had not been fully to work out.

The protesters were also carrying ply card and banners depicting failure of state and center government to give respite from this burning issue after linking LPG supply with adhar card and increase in LPG prices.

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ML Verma is a Senior journalist, with more than a decade of experience of active reporting for electronic media, news agencies and fast paced online media.

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