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Jayalalithaa lambasts Centre for cutting down kerosene quota

BS Reporter  |  Chennai 

Tamil Nadu chief minister today reproved the central government for cutting down the allocation of to the state, at a time when the state government is requesting enhancement of the allocation.

In a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, she urged the Centre to consider the issue and enhance the allocation of to 65,140 kilolitre (KL) per month or at least to 52,806 KL, which was allotted for April-May 2011.

Earlier, the chief minister brought out “the unfair treatment meted out" to her government in the allocation of by pointing out that the central allotment of 52,806 KL for the months of April and May 2011, was reduced to 44,580 KL. At present, the allocation has been further cut down to 39,429 KL for April-June 2012 quarter, “again without any reason or logic,” she said.

“I can only term this as a total arbitrary. The deliberate reduction in the allocation of by the Centre to Tamil Nadu even to the extent of 50 per cent of the actual requirement is absolutely unreasonable, unacceptable, unfair and unjust,” she added.

She alleged that reducing the allocation, which will help the poor in the rural and urban areas of Tamil Nadu to avail through the public distribution system, “is tantamount to penalising the poor people of Tamil Nadu simply because they voted for the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) government, which is in power at present.”

The letter also reminded that the state government, in June, 2011, has asked enhancement of allocation of to Tamil Nadu from 44,580 KL allocated for June, 2011, to 65,140 KL per month, which is the actual requirement.

First Published: Sat, May 26 2012. 00:48 IST