Prices of kerosene sold through the public distribution system (PDS) has been hiked by 40 paise per litre from the beginning of this month. Now,a ration-card holder in the district pays Rs 14.29 as against Rs 13.91 earlier.
Around five lakh households buykerosene from fair price shops in Vadodara district.
The price hike was demanded by distributors who supply kerosene to towns and cities from depots. Till last month,they used to get their supply from Dumad depot of Indian Oil Corporation Limited,about 30 km from Vadodara city.
However,due to logistical reasons,the IOCL has now decided to supply the fuel to distributors from Hazira depot in Surat,which is 150 km away from Vadodara.
The association had demanded a hike in prices to cover the increased transportation cost. Following this,District Civil Supplies Committee,comprising the collector,executive engineer,regional transport officer and coordinator of IOCL,approved the hike in its meeting on December 29.
The decision to change the depot was taken by the company and the state government. We were informed about the decision and accordingly,we revised the prices, District Collector Vinod Rao told The Indian Express.
VP Patel,director at the state governments Directorate of Food and Civil Supplies,said,IOCL had approached us with the proposal and we have agreed to it.
The IOCL said the change of depot was required by its all-India logistics plan. We follow the principle of supplying kerosene at the cheapest rate and from the nearest depot. However,logistics plans are made at the apex level, SK Diwan,state-level coordinator (SLC) of IOCL,said.
This happens due to a variety of reasons like increase and decrease in production at a given plant and other logistical aspects, Diwan added.
IOCLs Gujarat refinery is located at Koyali near Vadodara city.