Minister favours open marketing of kerosene

The quota released by the Centre for the State is not sufficient for card holders

Minister for Food and Civil Supplies and District-in-Charge Minister D N Jeevraj has said that the Centre will be urged to initiate measures to sell kerosene in open market.

Speaking to press persons here on Monday, he said that a meeting of the Ministers for Food and Civil Supplies has been convened on Tuesday and he will be attending the meeting, at New Delhi. The issue on open market for kerosene will be raised in the meeting. The quota of kerosene released to the State is not sufficient for ration card holders. However, the Centre is not ready to release additional quota of kerosene. All the problems will be solved, if measures were taken to sell kerosene in the open market.

He said that the Centre has not sanctioned any funds to the State under Pradhan mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) since four years. The Congress leaders are demanding account for funds released by the Centre. If the Congress leaders have concern, then let them pressurise the Centre to release additional funds.

Jeevraj said that Shimoga Milk Federation will continue to procure milk from societies in Koppa and Narasimharajapura taluks. Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar has okayed the proposal to carve Chikmagalur from Hassan Milk Federation and start a separate federation. Now, the Hassan Milk Federation administrative body should give its nod to the proposal of setting up of a separate milk federation for Chikmagalur. “I have already held talks with Hassan Milk Federation President H D Revanna, who has responded positively for carving a new milk federation,” he said.

‘Datta paduke’

The Minister said that the archeology department has to write to the district administration on the completion of the work on the repair of Dattatreya peeta cave. The Datta Paduke will be installed at the Datta cave shortly. “There was no opposition for the installation of the Datta Paduke. The archeology department has not written any letter on the completion of the work,” he said.

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