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LPG dealers oppose new notifications

Our Regional Bureau  |  Hyderabad 

Claiming that the union government had announced the notification for new liquid petroleum gas (LPG) distributors without studying the feasibility and business potential reports, the Andhra Pradesh LPG (cooking gas) Dealers' Association has submitted a memorandum to the petroleum secretary and the members of Parliament from the state.
Addressing a press conference, P Venkateshwara Rao, president of the AP LPG (cooking gas) Dealers' Association, said that the union government has violated norms in announcing the notification for new LPG distributors.
"The fresh notifications are being announced without studying the feasibility and the business potential reports, which was the practice earlier. This decision will have an adverse affect on the existing dealers and will not help the newly appointed dealers as well," he said.
"This is the second time that a memorandum regarding notifications of LPG distributors has been submitted. The association had earlier submitted a similar memorandum to former petroleum minister on his visit to the city in September 2003," Rao said.
He also said that the association would submit the same memorandum once the new government took shape at the Centre.
According to Rao the new notification for 750 new dealers to the already existing 500 dealers in the state, would have an effect on the dealers.
"Apart from this there is also a proposal for 1,000 fresh notifications," he added.

First Published: Thu, May 20 2004. 00:00 IST