Bains seeks inquiry into marketing of oil during Guru Nank birth anniv celebrations

The Lok Insaaf Party (LIP) has accused the officials of Punjab food, civil supplies and consumer affairs of benefiting mafias by marketing the subsidised kerosene oil supplied by the Union government on the occasion of 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak.
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Published on Feb 18, 2020 11:15 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Ludhiana | ByHT Correspondent, Ludhiana

The Lok Insaaf Party (LIP) has accused the officials of Punjab food, civil supplies and consumer affairs of benefiting mafias by marketing the subsidised kerosene oil supplied by the Union government on the occasion of 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak.

Addressing a press meet at his office in Kot Mangal Singh on Tuesday, LIP president Simarjeet Singh Bains said that the Union government had sanctioned 61.9 lakh litres of oil at subsidised rate of 38.8 per litre, including GST, for Gurdwara committees and other religious organisations.

While only around 40,000 litres oil was availed by them, rest of the oil has been marketed by the mafias backed by the state government. It was also sold by depot holders for 62 per litre, he said.

Bains said he had contacted principal secretary of Punjab civil supply department, KAP Sinha, around two weeks ago but Sinha failed to give satisfactory reply.

Bains said that he has written to the Union petroleum ministry seeking inquiry into the matter.

State food, civil supplies and consumer affairs minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu said that the Union government had provided the oil at normal rates and Bains was making false claims. “The oil was supplied by the Punjab government. If any official or employee is found involved in marketing the oil, required action would be taken against those found guilty,” he added.

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