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Supply And Stock Of Fuel, Essential Commodities Are Satisfactory: Tripura Food Minister

Supply and stock of essential commodities including petrol-diesel are satisfactory in the state. 

Minister of Food, Public Procurement and Consumer Affairs Department Sushant Chowdhury held a press conference at the Civil Secretariat on Monday.

In the press conference he said:

Due to heavy rain in the Jatinga-Lampur area of ​​the Lamding-Badarpur section of the North-Eastern Frontier Railway on April 26, there was a disruption in the importation of various daily necessities including petrol by rail in the state. 

In this situation, rationing system was temporarily introduced on the sale of petrol-diesel in the state from May 1. At that time, with the help of IOCL, various essential products including petrol-diesel and foodstuffs were also imported by road in the state.

The situation has returned to normal after the repair of railway lines in the troubled areas of the railways. For this reason, the restrictions imposed by the state government on the sale of petrol and diesel in the state have been withdrawn. At present the state has adequate stock of petrol and diesel.

Currently the average daily demand of petrol and diesel in the state is 275 kiloliters and 365 kiloliters respectively. At present, IOCL has a total stock of 1,700 kiloliters of petrol and 2,726 kiloliters of diesel at various petrol pumps in the state, including its depot at Dharmanagar. 

After the normalization of rail traffic, FCI is importing daily essential commodities in the state.

The state has 70 to 80 days of food grain stock in warehouses to cope with the monsoon situation. Moreover, 50 thousand metric tons of rice is stored in the warehouse. Besides, lentil batches are stored for 22 days. Sugar is stored for 28 days, wheat for 74 days.

Some dishonest businessmen were trying to create artificial crisis in the state. But the food department is constantly raiding shops and markets. Around 290 raids have been conducted across the state in the last six months. 

A total of Rs 4 lakhs fine has been collected from various shops. License of Ration shops were cancelled, 23 show cause notices were issued.