Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has written to the Prime Minister demanding a greater kerosene allocation to her state.
The AIADMK chief has also sought a reversal of the allocation made by the revious UPA regime- asking for a total of over 65,000 kilo litres of kerosene per month.
"While we were hopeful that the trend of arbitrary and unjust reductions in kerosene allocation would be reversed and some of the cuts imposed by the previous UPA government would be restored, I was disappointed to learn that even in the latest order dated 1st July, 2014, Tamil Nadu has been allocated only 29,060 KL of kerosene per month, which was the same as was allocated for the preceding quarter. I presume that this allocation was made at the official level following past precedent. The unfair and cruel reductions in allocation of kerosene in the past three years to Tamil Nadu to the extent of more than 55% against the actual requirement is severely penalizing the poor and deprived people of Tamil Nadu, particularly in rural areas. Such capricious cuts, effected by the previous Government, in the allocation of kerosene to the State will also have a severe environmental impact as the poor people have to rely more on firewood and other means to keep their kitchen fires burning," read an excerpt from the letter to PM Narendra Modi.