Any one of other specified documents necessary
Stipulation on cards has been in force for one year
CHENNAI: Those who want LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) connections or refill supplies are not required to produce ration cards hereafter.
Announcing the decision, a release issued on Friday by the State government’s Commissioner for Civil Supplies stated that at present, oil companies/gas agencies insisted on the production of ration cards. The government had examined the issue in depth and decided to relax the rule. “Ration cards should not be insisted upon by LPG distributors in future,” the release said.
However, the release said the government had ordered that the connections or refill supplies should be given on consumer producing any one of the documents specified by national oil companies.
According to the Indian Oil Corporation’s website ( www.iocl.com), such documents are electricity bill, telephone bill, passport, employer’s certificate, flat allotment/possession letter, house registration papers, LIC (Life Insurance Corporation) policy, voter’s identity card, rent receipt, PAN (permanent account number) card issued by the Income Tax department and driving licence.
An official in the Civil Supplies Commissionerate says the government stipulation on production of ration cards for LPG connections or refill supplies has been in force for the last one year or so in view of the problem of shortage of gas cylinders.
As this rule had caused hardship to people, it was being withdrawn.
Asked whether the latest decision would cover those who received State government subsidy of Rs. 30, the official said this issue would be handled separately.
[In June, the State government announced a subsidy of Rs.30 for households having single cylinder LPG connection].
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Ration card not needed for LPG connection, refil supply in TN
13 Sep, 2008, 1400 hrs IST, PTI
CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu government has relaxed a norm mandating persons seeking LPG connection or refill supplies to produce ration cards.
According to a state government release here last night, the government has asked the oil companies and gas agencies to not to insist the customers to produce ration cards for getting a new connection or refill.
The government has examined the issues in depth and decided to relax it, the release said adding "the government has further ordered that LPG connection or refill should be given on the basis of any other documents as specified by oil companies. Ration cards should not be insisted upon by LPG distributors in future."
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MULTI-PURPOSE: Family card, serving as one’s proof of residence, has multiple uses
CHENNAI: Family cards are more than just documents helping the households draw supplies of essential commodities under the Public Distribution System. They serve as a proof of residence and identification, and are insisted upon by various utility providers, particularly liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) distributors of national oil marketing companies such as Indian Oil Corporation.
Going by the experience of several thousand households that depend on the heavily subsidised 14.2-kg LPG cylinders, family cards are a must for around five years now for ensuring refill supplies.
It was in 2003 on he directions of Civil Supplies Department that the cooking gas agencies began the process of endorsing family cards of their customers. The objective was to identify households using multiple connections and withdraw all but one double bottle connection (two cylinders). Not more than one endorsement was to be made on a family card.
The move was necessitated as kerosene quota fixed by the centre for the state government was linked to the number of domestic LPG connections. An increase in LPG connections meant less kerosene quota. The authorities also felt that households should not get to use both the heavily subsidised domestic fuels.
Sources among Indane distributors said their customers should comply with one of the three requirements - produce their family card without an endorsement; apply for a new card and submit a copy of the receipt; get a no-ration card certificate. The last two are to be obtained from the Civil Supplies office.
This is where problem began for many customers, an Indane distributor said, pointing out that the most affected are families coming on transfer to the city and groups of bachelors/students from different places living together in the city.
Since many of them are not keen on drawing supplies under the PDS, they apply for the no ration card certificate. Much to the dismay of those coming on transfer from other parts of the country, the Civil Supplies authorities insist on their getting a no objection certificate from the previous place of residence. “It is a Herculean task for someone who has come here from north India to go back and get the NOC,” said a distributor.
The Civil Supplies authorities in some cities such as Mumbai, where many of the households get piped cooking gas supplies, are not familiar with such requirements and turn down the request for such NOC.
Some of the customers also cough up hundreds of rupees to middlemen to get the no ration card certificates. Customers drawing supplies but not in possession of family cards, especially senior citizens, find the requirement of the Civil Supplies department tiresome as the office concerned is located far away. Conceding that the requirements of the Civil Supplies Department might have posed problems for some customers, officials of national oil companies said it has led to streamlining and regularising the connections. Several multiple connections, including those in third party names and in use for years, were eliminated. The move would benefit more genuine customers, they added.
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