Deputy Manager, Indian Oil Cooperation (IOC), Phukan, asserted that there would be no scarcity of LPG cylinders if, at least, 80 percent of home or spot delivery was carried out by gas agencies.
He said this in a meeting initiated by DMC of all the five gas agencies of Dimapur, IOC and Food and Civil supply department officials. However, no representative from the district administration turned up for the meeting. According to the IOC officials and the agencies the current crisis was due to panic refilling by the public, supply of cylinders from Gopanari (Assam) which takes three days to reach Dimapur, misuse of domestic cylinders and series of holidays in between the month which affected the output capacity.
Clarifying the company stance on the issue of supplying less gas cylinders to agencies, Phukan, informed that an agency was supplied 70 percent of cylinders out of its total number of consumers’ in order to keep a check on misuse of domestic cylinders. It may noted that as per the IOC rule, an agency cannot get more than 60-65 percent cylinders, however considering the hilly environment and various other factors of the state, the company have increased the quota to 70 percent, while a family is entitled only one connection with two cylinders however many families have multiple connections under different names. “Verification drive is going on to weed out the problem of multiple connections” the manger also informed. At the same time, Deputy Director, Food & Civil Supplies, Apokla, asked the agencies, the reasons for knowingly giving out so many connections.
Meanwhile, it was informed that Dimapur botteling plant was bottling more than 25 percent of its output capacity. However all cylinders were supplied to Kohima.
Replying to a question for the long queues of consumers out side the gas counters, a gas agency representative said that a genuine consumer will not stand in the queue as early as 2 am and stated that it was only the brokers and middleman who were doing so. Harping on the same lines, all the agencies also admitted that VIP chits and demands from various groups could not be refused. On the query regarding the home or spot delivery of cylinders, they pointed out that the with three house numbers issued from different authorities it was very difficult. However they added they would certainly carry out the spot or home delivery of the cylinders. At the same time, they also requested the colony council chairman and the GBs to ensure security for the trucks and also not to abuse the facility extended to them.