To mitigate the kitchen fuel shortage in Aizawl, a meeting of top officials here today decided that even those who were issued cooking gas cylinder from the emergency quota from the government should produce LPG consumer card and would be issued only after 15 days from the last time the consumer lifted his LPG cylinder.
The meeting, chaired by chief minister Lal Thanhawla, also decided that surprise checks should be conducted on hotels and restaurant to ensure that only commercial gas cylinders are used in the business establishments.
It also decided that surprise check be conducted on the LPG agents and distributors by a team of magistrate and IOC officials. The meeting also observed that the availability of cooking gas in the black market at anytime indicated some irregularities in the distribution system.
The meeting also expressed grave concern over multiple connections by a single family. According to the records of the state's food, civil supplies & consumer affairs department, there are currently 2.3 lakh LPG consumers in the state for which IOC allocates an average of about 1.2 lakh cylinders a month.
Given the fact that there are 221,077 households in Mizoram according to Census 2011 of which 52.5 percent use LPG for cooking and 44.5 percent still use firewood, a good number of families have multiple connections. The issue was raised by some journalists during a recent TV talk show on the LPG crisis.
Mr Lal Thanhawla reiterated that the cooking gas crisis is not only a national but an international phenomenon.
Even then, the Mizoram had constantly urged the IOC to hike the state's quota. He said if the state's quota is even distributed there would be no such serious shortage. The meeting was attended by food, civil supplies & consumer affairs minister H Rohluna and senior officials of the department.