Demand to restart free sale of kerosene in city

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 13 Mar 2018 10:14:09


Staff Reporter

Jabalpur Kerosene Hawkers’ Mandal has expressed resentment on termination of free sale kerosene oil in Jabalpur. Reportedly, the sale of free sale kerosene was stopped at Jabalpur from 2014-15, while the free sale of kerosene continues in Ujjain and Gwalior. The decision to terminate the sale has created insurmountable trouble for at least 250 hawkers and their family members, who find it difficult to survive in absence of work.

In view of persisting trouble faced by k-oil hawkers, a joint meeting of Jabalpur Kerosene Hawkers’ Mandal and NUMM was called upon on Monday at Civic Centre to discuss the issue at length. About the outcome of the meeting held, it is informed that it has been supplicated before the administration to restart free sale kerosene oil in Jabalpur. As the decision to stop free sale kerosene oil in Jabalpur has adversely affected workers from outstation, who come to Jabalpur for works at various locations, besides family members of indisposed admitted in hospital also face tough time to cook their meals. The members of Jabalpur Kerosene Hawkers’ Mandal informed that there are around 250 kerosene hawkers in Jabalpur city that include widows, physically handicapped persons who after the decision pertaining to termination of free sale kerosene oil in Jabalpur have become unemployed. These families are facing tough situation in absence of employment and forced to take money from money-lenders.

Apparently, the State Government had made announcement that while k-oil would be subjected to free sale. Still, till date, the scheme remains in cold storage, while the free sale of kerosene continues at Ujjain and Gwalior. At Jabalpur, only those people who possess ration card are eligible to obtain k-oil slip while large number of people from various sections of society remain deprived of kerosene oil. In the meeting held, the members unanimously elected Ganesh Gupta, Teerath Prasad Chaudhary, Manish Sharma, Rakesh Chakrawarti, Rajneesh Upadhyay as members and office-bearers of Jabalpur Kerosene Hawkers’ Mandal. The members decided that a memorandum of demand in this connection would be submitted to Collector Jabalpur and in case of ignorance, would result in massive agitation. Among those present in the meeting were Gopal Pali, Chandan Chaudhary, Naimuddin Ansari, Nazeer Ahmed, Kesri Sahu, Gomti Bai, Vimla Thakur, Rama Chaudhary and others.