3 subsidised cylinders till fiscal-end
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This is irrespective of cylinders customers got till September
Irrespective of the number of LPG cylinders customers got until September, they will get three subsidised cylinders till March 2013. In a meeting convened by district collector Vikas Deshmukh with LPG dealers and petroleum company representatives on Wednesday, it was made clear that of the six subsidised cylinders announced by the government, three could be given September 14 onward until the end of the financial year.
The collector directed oil companies to lay down clear directives and start helpline services as they are wholly responsible for implementing the new government policy.
To help customers and address complaints registered with the collector, he said he has asked dealers to make a clear note of number of subsidised cylinders a customer gets by marking the number and issuing a challan. From the fourth cylinder onwards the procedure would be different.
The government is keen on giving additional benefits to BPL families by providing three extra subsidised cylinders and has directed the administration to ready the final data of BPL beneficiaries. "We would send details to the government so that beneficiaries avail themselves of it,'' said the collector.
With the festive season ahead, he has directed dealers and the oil companies to keep the supply regular and not cause any problems for customers. "The company should take a proactive role and customers should be able to call up helplines,'' said Deshmukh.
The meeting also addressed the issue of customers having more than one connection from different companies. The oil companies assured the collector that the three companies will run a software and zero-in on people taking cylinders from two or more companies. They would have to surrender their extra connections by October 31. "The deadline has been set by oil companies,'' said the collector.
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