Betapur villagers to hold chakka Jam for LPG refills

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KURMA RAO
BETAPUR
29 Dec 2017

Recurring shortage of LPG refills has generated widespread resentment among villagers in remote hamlets under Shivapuram Panchayat in Middle Andaman. Enraged over irregular supply of the essential cooking gas, villagers in the area have now decided to hold a chakka jam agitation on January 1, 2018 to register their protest against the concerned authorities. As per reports, consumers in the region have not received LPG refills for the past three months and majority of the households  have been forced to turn to firewood to keep their kitchen fires burning. The deficiency figured in a recent meeting of Shivapuram Panchayat which resolved to stage a protest involving villagers if the issue is not resolve by the end of this month.
The Pradhan of Shivapuram Panchayat, Mr Lawrence Barla, in  letters  to the Member of Parliament and Chief Secretary, invited their attention to the problems being faced by consumers due to erratic supply of LPG cylinders. “It’s now more than a month that consumers in villages here have not received cooking gas. During the festive season, villagers are facing the brunt of official apathy and despite repeated pleas, regular supply of cooking gas has remained far from ensured here. LPG refills are supplied after a gap of two months and at times, the period extends to more than three months. Villagers here have decided to stage a chakka jam on January 1 if supply of LPG cylinders is not made within December 31,” said the Pradhan speaking to EOI