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Transporters call off stir, LPG crisis likely to end soon

By City Correspondent

GUWAHATI, Jan 31 - The North East Packed LPG Transporters� Association (NEPLTA) today withdrew its noncooperation after the State government made a request to the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) to take necessary steps to resolve the issues of the packed LPG transporters of the State at the earliest.

The withdrawal of the strike after six days today brought great relief to the LPG consumers of the State as it had caused an acute crisis of cylinders in the market. But, according to office-bearers of NEPLTA, it will take at least two days for the situation in the market to become normal.

The NEPLTA had called the indefinite strike on January 25, after a series of discussions with higher officials of the Department of Food and Civil Supply in the past few days, failed to yield any result. The office-bearers added that the situation turned critical after Phani Bhusan Choudhury stepped down as the Food and Civil Supplies Minister.

In a letter, the Secretary of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department, also requested the Chief General Manager of IOC (Assam Oil Division) to extend the date of tender up to April 30 pointing out that the Minister concerned, in reply to a Zero Hour Question in the Assembly on January 30, had stated that necessary steps would be taken for extension of the date in the greater interest of the LPG consumers.

The NEPLTA has been demanding transfer of the office of tender submission from Kolkata to Guwahati to make it easy for the local entrepreneurs to file tenders. It has also opposed the decision to bring down fares from the existing rate by up to 21 per cent, demanding equal facilities and priorities for all dealers of the State. During the strike, no loading had taken place in the LPG bottling plants located in North Guwahati, Charpara in Kamrup district, Gopanari in Tinsukia district and Bongaigaon.

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Transporters call off stir, LPG crisis likely to end soon

GUWAHATI, Jan 31 - The North East Packed LPG Transporters� Association (NEPLTA) today withdrew its noncooperation after the State government made a request to the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) to take necessary steps to resolve the issues of the packed LPG transporters of the State at the earliest.

The withdrawal of the strike after six days today brought great relief to the LPG consumers of the State as it had caused an acute crisis of cylinders in the market. But, according to office-bearers of NEPLTA, it will take at least two days for the situation in the market to become normal.

The NEPLTA had called the indefinite strike on January 25, after a series of discussions with higher officials of the Department of Food and Civil Supply in the past few days, failed to yield any result. The office-bearers added that the situation turned critical after Phani Bhusan Choudhury stepped down as the Food and Civil Supplies Minister.

In a letter, the Secretary of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department, also requested the Chief General Manager of IOC (Assam Oil Division) to extend the date of tender up to April 30 pointing out that the Minister concerned, in reply to a Zero Hour Question in the Assembly on January 30, had stated that necessary steps would be taken for extension of the date in the greater interest of the LPG consumers.

The NEPLTA has been demanding transfer of the office of tender submission from Kolkata to Guwahati to make it easy for the local entrepreneurs to file tenders. It has also opposed the decision to bring down fares from the existing rate by up to 21 per cent, demanding equal facilities and priorities for all dealers of the State. During the strike, no loading had taken place in the LPG bottling plants located in North Guwahati, Charpara in Kamrup district, Gopanari in Tinsukia district and Bongaigaon.

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