'LPG cylinder must be weighed on delivery'

Echoing the concern of an average Indian household, the Supreme Court has told the Centre to ensure that no LPG cylinder is delivered without weighing it at the doorstep of each consumer.

A bench of Justices G S Singhvi and S J Mukhopadhaya passed the order after the Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry submitted that all oil companies would be directed to ensure that the delivery man would be carrying weighing machine and would deliver the cylinder on recording the actual weight of the gas.

The court asked the government to launch an awareness campaign by issuing advertisements on public sector broadcaster Doordarshan and other channels, besides ensuring publication in the vernacular language of each and every state as well as in English and Hindi in newspapers, in this regard.

“It is important to issue instructions to make people aware. Gas cylinders should be checked and weighed. The government should have addressed this on its own. For years, suppliers have been creating mischief; making money. Earlier these dealerships were a distribution of largesse, a source of earning not service,” the court said.

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