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LPG distributors to display rate chart

With complaints coming in from citizens that they were being charged extra by agencies and oil companies and that their queries to helpline numbers were not getting any response,the district collector has issued a directive that every agency display a board giving the new LPG rates and make their complaint redressal system effective.

Written by Express News Service | Published: October 24, 2012 1:30 am

With complaints coming in from citizens that they were being charged extra by agencies and oil companies and that their queries to helpline numbers were not getting any response,the district collector has issued a directive that every agency display a board giving the new LPG rates and make their complaint redressal system effective.

“The rates have been given by the oil companies and the distributors. They cannot charge more as it includes the commission charge and the delivery charge. Moreover,there is no shortage and it is about time the oil companies streamline their system and ensure that subsidised cylinders are doled out at decided rates,’’he said.

He said he will look into the issues where agencies are charging more.

“This is rampant violation and I would check into it,’’ he said. He reiterated it is the onus of oil companies to take necessary action.

Drive against khoya adulteration

A committee under district collector Vikas Deshmukh is cracking the whip on adulteration of khoya (khawa) used for making sweetmeats (mithai).

He said squads will be deployed to test quality of khoya and colours used. “Only permitted colours should be used. Checks become mandatory during the festive season,’’ he said on Tuesday.

Squads of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) armed with testing kits will carry out on-the-spot checks and destroy adulterated sweetmeat right away.

The FDA uses on-the-spot food product testing kit using solutions such as tincture of iodine and sulphuric acid. If khoya turns bluish then it is adulterated while another kit uses sulphuric acid to rule out adulteration. With adulteration being a major health hazard,the collector said that the committee under him will assess each and every case that has come to light so far.

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