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 "Shortage of petrol ... a sabotage of a group of people!" -- revelation from Minister Patali


"Shortage of petrol ... a sabotage of a group of people!" -- revelation from Minister Patali

The shortage of petrol by now has caused an adverse influence on public-life. Traffic right round the country has been limited and some professional activities too have come to a halt. Going to work, to school and essential activities have gone haywire as a result.

Though it is the duty of the government to look into the issue of inbound vessels and to see that
supply of oil is provided consistently, even Ministers responsible for this matter spoke about this only after 2 or 3 days after the shortage occured. Minister Arjuna too has focused attention on the suspicion that this shortage may have cropped up as an action of sabotage while a former Minister Patali of petroleum too has hinted about this. "Every day a shortage is made to occur and oil is bought at a higher price. Having gone to speak about this once I had to give up my ministership and go away", Minister Patali had said yesterday (6). 

"Reason for oil brought from Indian Oil Company being of low quality, informing that the ship which was to arrive on the 3rd is not to come and also our oil refinery becoming inactive ... whether it's because of natural causes or some other matter should be looked into. Problems such as bringing oil of a sub-standard and shortage of oil have been faced before. Our refinery refines 550 tons for a day. The demand for oil in the country is two thousand tons per day. We have to pay about two thousand tons.

Our storage facilities are available for 85000, 90000 tons. It's enough for about 45 ays. When ships arrive we have to empty these to some extent. A ship arrived on October 15th. It came to be known that its quality was below standard, on the 17th. A period close upon 20 days has elapsed by now after coming to know about this. We had enough stocks oil to last 15 days. Towards beginning of November, our refinery stopped functioning. Because of that, 500 tons of oil accumulated from it, is lost. In the same way the ship which was to come on the 3rd too suddenly informed that they would not be coming. Now it's supposed to arrive on the 9th. Did it happen like this because the seas turned rough? Or else, because of some other matter? This should be looked into. Issues of this sort in the field of electricity and that of oil do not crop up for nothing. The point at the background of this ... we have studied very well". 


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