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?Campaign against kerosene adulteration unprecedented?

THE STATE Government has been carrying out an unprecedented campaign against black marketing and adulteration of kerosene in diesel vehicles, Cooperative Minister Gopal Bhargava claimed in the State Assembly today.

india Updated: Feb 24, 2006 14:54 IST

THE STATE Government has been carrying out an unprecedented campaign against black marketing and adulteration of kerosene in diesel vehicles, Cooperative Minister Gopal Bhargava claimed in the State Assembly today.

Replying to a question of Dr Rajendrsa Pandey (BJP), the minister said never in the history of Madhya Pradesh such a large number of cases were made and fine extracted from adulterators and black marketers of kerosene as in the year 2006.

Number of vehicles tested in 2001 was 104 which rose to 635 in the year 2005 and in the first two months of the year 2006, 1179 vehicles have been tested for kerosene adulteration, he informed, adding, a total of Rs 15 crore have been collected from the offenders.

He said the department has issued directives to districts to take action against black-marketing of kerosene. However, he admitted that the whole system is in such disarray that desired action against the black-marketers is still not possible.

He appealed the MLAs to cooperate in the drive and raise the issue of black-marketing in district planning committees from time to time.

Earlier, the original questioner Rajendra Pandey expressed concern over massive diversion of kerosene for adulteration. The malpractice is not only causing a huge loss to the Government but also depriving the needy consumers of this essential commodity, he added.

Several other members from the BJP and Congress also shared Dr Pandey’s concern and exhorted the government to take effective steps to check black-marketing.