Collector points at discrepancies in the data presented by gas dealers

Krishna district, which has 9,53,717 LPG consumers, has registered completion of Aadhaar seeding for 9,56,348 connections. Sounds funny? But, the whopping figures were revealed at a review meeting here on Friday, much to the surprise of officials.

With the announcement of the gas dealers, Collector Babu A. took no time to point at the discrepancies in the data presented by the dealers and bankers. To buttress his argument, Mr. Babu cited the statistics that 22 agencies of Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) had 20,033 accounts in the district, of which only 17,042 had been found to be genuine beneficiaries. .

“The functioning of dealers and bankers is not to the expected lines. Dealers must stop sending half-baked and inconsistent information to the district administration. They should not mislead the government. Instead, they should help ensure that the subsidy reach the true beneficiaries,” he said.

More so, the forum inferred that there has been a steep fall in number of LPG connections in the district when compared to that of last year.

Fall in customer count

The officials claimed that there were 11,37,296 LPG consumers in the district, when negotiations between gas dealers and bankers were on a year ago and the seeding process commenced.

They further said that 7,46,853 LPG consumers had their Aadhaar details linked with bank accounts of which 5,21,104 had been registered with banks. There are 74 gas agencies functioning in the district.

Expressing dissatisfaction over the inordinate delay in completion of the Aadhaar seeding, the Collector asked the bankers, LPG dealers to complete the process at the earliest, adding that the consumers should submit their Aadhar details to banks and gas agencies, to avail the subsidy.

Joint Collector Gandham Chandrudu and others were also present.

The functioning of dealers and bankers is not to the expected lines. Dealers must stop sending half-baked and inconsistent information to the administration. They should not mislead the government.

Babu A.,Krishna Collector

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