‘Enough fuel in depot, stop panic buying’

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IMPHAL | May 23: Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution minister, Karam Shyam appealed to the people not to indulge in panic buying of petrol and diesel. Speaking to the media at his office at Secretariat South Block, K Shyam said following the landslide report in Kohima, petrol pumps have witnessed many consumers indulging in panic buying in the State. Informing the media that the landslide area has been partially repaired, he said after the initial repairing of the landslide area, 70 vehicles carrying petroleum products have crossed Manipur border.

A meeting was held today with the IOC (Indian Oil Corporation) officials at the office chamber of the minister, where the IOC officials gave report that there was enough fuel stock available in the State. According to the IOC officials report the State has stock of 7 days of petrol, 17 days of diesel, 2 days of LPG and 18 days of aviation fuel in IOC Malom Oil depot. Meantime, the minister also held a meeting with the deputy commissioners of the valley districts regarding stricter enforcement of Manipur Conservation of Paddy Land and Wetland Act, 2014.

He pointed out despite the implementation of the Act, many paddy fields are still being converted into homestead land. Instructions have been given to the officials concerned to conduct a survey and submit a report, and accordingly necessary action will be taken against those who have violated the Act, he added. Expressing concern over the failure to collect income from land revenue in an efficient manner, the minister said door to door collection of land revenue will be soon initiated in the State. He said the land tax for urban areas is Rs 20 (twenty) and Rs 10 (ten) for rural areas which need to be revised in tune with time.

Source: Imphal Free Press

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