Port Blair, July 10: The Department of Civil Supplies & Consumers Affairs is receiving frequent complaints from various corners of this UT, regarding diversion of domestic LPG cylinders for commercial purpose, which is a gross violation of Clause 13(1) of the Liquefied Petroleum Gas Regulation of Supply & Distribution Order, 2000 framed under the Essential Commodities Act, 1955.
To eradicate this malpractice, the Enforcement Wing of the Department of CS&CA conducted a surprise inspection of the trading premises of Port Blair and Ferrargunj Tehsil, in which 19 cases were found and 56 cylinders were seized from the offenders. Relevant cases were booked under the Essential Commodities Act, 1955 and are under process.
Taking a serious note of such violation, the Department of CS&CA has advised all the individual/hoteliers/ firms running in this UT to refrain themselves from any kind of unfair trade practices as well as diverting of domestic LPG cylinders for commercial purpose, which may lead to any type of violation framed under the Essential Commodities Act, 1955 and Rules/regulations framed under the Legal Metrology Act, 2009, failing which, strict legal action as deemed fit as per the law shall be initiated against the offenders.
Further, the Department has appealed to all the LPG consumers that in case of any complaints in this regard, the same may be brought to the notice in writing, of the Directorate of Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs, Port Blair. The LPG consumers can also lodge their complaint over telephone No.03192-230337 & toll free Phone No.18003453197.