Aadhaar linkage with kerosene distribution will reduce irregularities, lawyer to HC

Nagpur: The Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Thursday adjourned the hearing on PIL alleging discrimination in allotment of kerosene quota for rural areas. Earlier, the petitioner’s counsel Firdos Mirza informed that a new law is proposed by the centre to give validity to Adhar card and it was passed by the Parliament .

He pointed out that if distribution of kerosene is linked to the Aadhaar card, it would wipe out maximum deficiencies and significantly reduced irregularities.

A division bench comprising justice Bhushan Gavai and justice Vinay Deshpandethen granted two weeks to file a reply. The court was hearing a PIL filed byGadchiroli villager Kawduji Pund through Mirza alleging discrimination in allotment of kerosene quota for rural areas.

During last hearing, the state government informed that it started process of configuring data regarding gas connections in state and was coordinating with state level corporations (SLCs) that included oil-producing companies.

Principal secretary for food and civil supplies Deepak Kapoor was personally present in court and informed about the government’s stand. The judges then directed government to conduct a survey in this regard and stamp all ration cards with those having gas connections.

The petitioner contended that though requirement of kerosene is more in rural areas, the quota fixed by the government is two litres per beneficiary per month in comparison to four litres in urban households, and of late it was reduced to 470 ML. Following it, the court granted an interim stay to government’s existing kerosene distribution policy on July 1 last year, terming it as palpable, arbitory and irrational.