Jammu & Kashmir

Action against illegal possession of Kerosene oil continues in Pulwama, another 50,000 litres seized

Srinagar: Continuing the action on illegal storage of Kerosene, Tehsildar Pampore has seized around 50 thousand litres of Public Distribution System (PDS) Kerosene Oil, in Munpora village during inspections.

An official spokesperson from the administration said that the case has been handed to Awantipora police for further investigation and action under the Essential Commodities Act.

Meanwhile, Assistant Director, Food Civil Supplies and Consumer affairs has been directed to lodge FIR under the relevant sections of Essential Commodities Act.

It is worth to mention that District Administration Pulwama has launched a movement against illegal storage of PDS Kerosene oil in which around 1.5  lakh litres of Kerosene oil has been seized in the past few days during  inspections.

Earlier on August 24, the Department of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs, suspended four officials in connection with the issues pertaining to black marketing of Kerosene Oil in Pulwama District and Jammu and Kashmir Food Entitlement Scheme Ration (JKFES Ration) in Jammu District.

Three officials who have been suspended in connection with the black marketing of Kerosene Oil have been identified as Abdul Rashid, Tehsil Supply Officer, Kerosene Enforcement, Bashir Ahmad Ahanger, Tehsil Supply Officer, Pampore and Taj Musa Rather, Assistant Storekeeper-cum-Clerk.

The department has ordered a preliminary enquiry into the Pulwama incident to be conducted by Controller, Legal Metrology, JK, Akbar Wani.

The official suspended in connection with Jammu incident has been identified as Kaka Ram, Storekeeper of R S Pura. A Fair Price Shop dealer named Rashpal Singh who was involved in the incident has been black listed and his dealership has been placed under suspension.

The department has also initiated the process to take action against a local rice mill functioning under the brand name of MS Ganesh Rice Mill in this regard. A preliminary enquiry has been ordered into the Jammu incident which will be conducted by V S Sambyal, Joint Controller, Legal Metrology, Jammu.

Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir police in a statement said that forty thousand litres of illegally dumped Kerosene oil.

“During investigation of case FIR number 68/2020 of Police station Pampore, Awantipora Police recovered 40,000 litres of illegally dumped kerosene,” police spokesman said.

Acting on specific information, a Police party led by SDPO Pampore along with Tehsildar Pampore raided a fenced premises in village Munpora Khrew and recovered approximately 40,000 liters of  kerosene oil illegally stored, dumped in tanks.

Further investigation into the matter is in progress, the spokesman added.

In this regard, advisor to Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, Farooq Khan, visited Pulwama and took stock of supply of essential commodities to the people in the district.

Advisor conducted the visit in the backdrop of illegal storage and seizure of huge quantity of Kerosene Oil in the district.

District Development Commissioner, Dr Raghav Langer, Additional Deputy Commissioners Pulwama, Tral and Awantipora, SSP’s of Pulwama and Awantipora and other concerned officers were present on the occasion.

While having a firsthand appraisal of the availability of essential stocks, he lauded the district administration’s action on illegal sale and storage of Kerosene oil. He said that the JK administration is committed towards transparent governance and the people involved in illegal sale of Kerosene shall be dealt sternly. He asked the Deputy Commissioner to initiate an enquiry to ascertain the involvement of Government officials into the pilferage and take action under law.


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