To­ken sys­tem for com­mer­cial cylin­ders and LPG con­sump­tion card to eases peo­ple, MOEA Min­is­ter

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The newly in­tro­duced to­ken sys­tem to re­fill the Liq­ue­fied Petroleum Gas (LPG) at the gas de­pots has stream­lined the ser­vice de­liv­ery which ac­cord­ing to eco­nomic af­fairs min­is­ter, Ly­onpo Norbu Wangchuk has eased the process of get­ting the re­filled cylin­der.

The in­tro­duc­tion of con­sumer card sys­tem and com­mer­cial gas has also eased the ser­vice de­liv­ery for the peo­ple. The min­is­ter dur­ing the 18th ‘Press Meet’ last Fri­day said that min­istry has re­ceived feed­backs which are more than ad­e­quate. Now the peo­ple can drop the empty cylin­ders get the filled cylin­der with a to­ken de­creas­ing the peo­ple to get the filled LPG cylin­der through queue.

The min­is­ter how­ever said the prob­lem is ev­ery house­hold wants to hoard cylin­ders which do not ben­e­fit as the depart­ment is­sues only two re­filled cylin­ders in a month. “The rest of the cylin­ders will be ly­ing in your stock,” said the min­is­ter who fur­ther said that two re­filled cylin­ders can run a house­hold sized fam­i­lies up to six mem­bers. Ev­ery house­hold are el­i­gi­ble for two re­filled cylin­ders in a month.

The min­is­ter said that there is lim­ited quan­tity of LPG pro­vided by the In­dian gov­ern­ment on quota which needs to be dis­trib­uted equally. The min­is­ter fur­ther said that the vil­lagers are the one who lose from the quota as they can­not be in the line and hope to get the gas cylin­der. “It does not re­tain our faith,” he said.

The min­is­ter ap­pealed the peo­ple to sur­ren­der the ex­tra cylin­ders and if there needs to an ad­di­tional cylin­ders the peo­ple can con­tact the min­istry. The short­age in the sup­ply of LPG cylin­ders which cause peo­ple to wait in queue hap­pens due to strikes in In­dia. The min­is­ter said there will be es­ti­mated four strikes a month in In­dia dur­ing which peo­ple hoard the cylin­ders. The other prob­lem for the fail­ure to pro­vide timely ser­vices is also at­trib­uted to the fre­quent road blocks in the na­tional highways dur­ing.

The min­is­ter fur­ther said that for var­i­ous rea­sons peo­ple flock to sin­gle dis­tributer which other two ser­vices are hardly used. Cur­rently there are three LPG dis­tributers, Dam­chen Petroleum Dis­tributer, Bhutan Oil Dis­tributer and Druk Petroleum Cor­po­ra­tion Lim­ited.

The cur­rent prob­lems ac­cord­ing to the min­is­ter are re­quire­ment of re­qual­i­fi­ca­tion for the cylin­ders. Cur­rently, there are more than 200,000 cir­cu­lated cylin­ders. The Royal Au­dit Au­thor­ity has found that 35% of the to­tal cylin­ders are found to be ex­pired which means the cylin­ders have com­pleted their ten years of guar­an­teed life ex­pectancy. 75,000 of LPG cylin­ders have ex­pired. “Un­less we re-qual­ify and retest them for reusabil­ity, we can­not put them back to cir­cu­la­tion,” the min­is­ter said.

The min­istry is putting ef­forts to re-qual­ify the cylin­der which is done in Silig­uri, West Ben­gal will take an es­ti­mated three months.

Ly­onpo Norbu Wangchuk also said the new sys­tem of cards which came into ef­fect from Jan­uary this year was done for the good rea­son which is also a suc­cess. The card sys­tem if not fol­lowed would let the gov­ern­ment run out of op­tions to con­trol the de­flec­tions which mostly hap­pens in the south­ern part of the coun­try.

The min­istry is deep­en­ing the use of com­mer­cial LPG which the com­mer­cial es­tab­lish­ments are re­quired to use. The min­istry has started with the south­ern and western dzongkhags. “With such in­tro­duc­tions, the LPG dis­tri­bu­tion cen­ters have seen the dras­tic de­crease in the line,” Norbu Wangchuk said. I was be­cause each ho­tel and res­tau­rant used to up to 40 cylin­ders which are re­turned af­ter the in­tro­duc­tion of com­mer­cial gas cylin­ders to them.

The min­is­ter as­sured to pro­vide with 500 cylin­ders a day against the re­quired up to 300 cylin­ders in the cap­i­tal with ef­fi­cient ser­vice de­liv­ery.

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