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Before poll code,SAD to paint PDS kerosene tankers ‘blue’

After blue cards for its populist atta-dal scheme,blue cycles to schoolgirls,now tankers carrying kerosene for public distribution system will sport the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal’s navy blue colour.

Govt asks wholesalers to paint kerosene tankers navy blue — also the party colour — by this month-end

After blue cards for its populist atta-dal scheme,blue cycles to schoolgirls,now tankers carrying kerosene for public distribution system will sport the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal’s navy blue colour. Weeks before announcement of the poll code of conduct in Punjab,the state’s food and civil supply department,in a letter dated December 6,has asked kerosene wholesalers to paint their kerosene tankers navy blue by this month-end. Punjab’s fleet of over 200 tankers have recently been GPS-enabled to track diversion of public distribution system (PDS) kerosene.

“As per the directions of the department,vehicle tracking system has been installed in all the tankers to check diversion or leakage of PDS kerosene by using the global positioning system (GPS). As part of this,it has been decided to have a uniform colour code for all the tankers transporting PDS kerosene in the state for easy identification. The kerosene dealers are therefore adviced to get the tankers coloured in navy blue by this month end and get ‘Kerosene for distribution under PDS’ written both in English and Punjabi,in bold letters with yellow colour,” reads the letter issued by the Director,Food and Civil Supply,to all the district food controllers (DFCs) of the state.

Secretary,Food and Civil Supply,DS Grewal,says it has nothing to do with the ruling party. “After the tankers were GPS-enabled,it was decided to have a uniform colour for them. Navy blue was a uniform choice of all the three oil companies. The colour coding will help to check diversion of kerosene as we will soon advertise this information so that any kerosene tanker found standing at a petrol pump or some other location can easily be identified by even the common man and they can instantly complain to the respective district food controller,” he said.

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The Punjab Kerosene Wholesalers’ Association president Gurjeet Singh says unlike petrol and diesel,which are supplied to the pumps,oil companies supply kerosene to the terminals in Punjab.

“From the terminals or depots,the wholesalers transport it to the PDS depot holders. Each dealer earlier had his own colour for the tankers. Now it will be uniform navy blue. The colour coding will show that these tankers are exclusively meant for PDS kerosene and can easily be spotted and reported,if they deviate from their assigned route,” he said.

The state-level coordinator of the three oil companies,Indian Oil Company (IOC),says beyond their last point of supply,it is the jurisdiction of the state.

“Since we are responsible for supplying kerosene only till the terminals,we have passed the new instructions on navy blue colour coding for PDS kerosene to all terminals in the state,” an IOC official said.