Chennai: The Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami has requested the Central government to increase allocation of kerosene to Tamil Nadu as the State has been struggling to make supply meet demand with the limited allotment.
In an identical letter written to Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman and minister of petroleum & natural gas Dharmendra Pradhan, the CM requested the ministers to revise the present allocation of kerosene and provide at least the restricted requirement of 23,035 KL of kerosene as monthly allocation to the State for uninterrupted supply of kerosene under Universal Public Distribution System.
He pointed out that the monthly allocation of kerosene for Tamil Nadu has been reduced from 16,148 KL to 10,764 KL from July 2019. The State has 1.99 crore Aadhar seeded family cards and of which 51.80 lakh family cards do not have any LPG connection and 74.92 lakh family cards have only single LPG connection.
Tamil Nadu has been time and again insisting that the Central Government allocate the required quantity of kerosene to the State from 2011. However, the Centre has been constantly reducing PDS kerosene allotment on the pretext that LPG connection holder is not entitled for supply of kerosene.