Hyderabad: A ration dealer from Circle-V in the city said there was no scope to black market kerosene in ePass system. “Card holders cannot sell their PDS kerosene to black marketers as they get only one litre if they have an LPG connections, and four litres otherwise,” he said.
Even in the districts, the civil supplies department supplying two litres in villages and at the mandal level and four litres in municipalities.
“As there is no ePass system, there is scope to divert kerosene at dealer level,” a source said.
An official from the civil supplies department said that the ePass was meant to identify ineligible persons while seeding the cards with Aadhaar data. “We are identifying ineligible beneficiaries and cancelling their cards. We are focusing on Aadhaar linkage with their income-tax details, vehicles and LPG connections. A few ration dealers in the Old City used to draw up to 2 kilolitres of kerosene which has fallen to 150 litres after the cancellation of ineligible cards.”
He said the government would implement the system in the districts to control black marketing of kerosene statewide....