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