People rue Kerosene shortage in Kashmir
Srinagar: People in different areas of Kashmir are complaining about shortage of Kerosene oil in their areas.
People from different areas of Kashmir said that earlier government was providing kerosene on subsidized rates but the supply has been stopped leading to problems for the people in general.
Javaid Ahmad, a fruit grower from Shopian said that most of them own motors and pumps that run on kerosene for spraying purposes but due to non availability of kerosene they are facing problems.
“Earlier it was available with different dealers at subsidized rates and even though the government planned to end subsidy, they still they should have kept kerosene available at the retail outlets,” he said.
Fayaz Ahmad, a resident of Pulwama said that 95 percent growers have motors and machines that run on kerosene but they have to move from pillar to post go get kerosene so that the machinery can be kept operational.
“We are getting Kerosene @ Rs 100-120 per litre which was available @15-30 per litre just two years back and rates of petrol and diesel are less than kerosene,” he said.
“Even growers are ready to pay high rates for kerosene but it must be kept available with authorized dealers,” he said.
People from different areas said that despite taking up this issue with the concerned authorities several times no positive step has been taken yet.
They requested government to take cognizance of the issue so that they won’t face problems anymore.