'Allow Consumers to Give Details Via Delivery Man'

Published: 13th December 2014 05:59 AM  |   Last Updated: 13th December 2014 05:59 AM   |  A+A-

COIMBATORE: Coimbatore Consumer Cause (CCC), a NGO working for consumer rights here, has requested the Centre to allow the public to submit Direct Benefit Transfer of LPG (DBTL) scheme forms through the delivery man as it would save time for beneficiaries, who need not wait in queues at the offices of the gas agencies.

In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Coimbatore Consumer Cause secretary K Kathirmathiyon said, “We support the DBT scheme in LPG since it will eliminate misuse of the subsidy amount. But the way it is being implemented raises doubts if whether the oil companies are really interested in the implementation of the scheme.”

“Though linking Aadhaar number with the LPG can be done by way of post, by calling the toll free number, via online or SMS, unfortunately there are serpentine queues of customers in front of the offices of LPG distributors. If other options are availed, those with Aadhaar numbers or cards need not visit the distributor at all,” the Coimbatore Consumer Cause  secretary added.

“when the scheme was announced the consumers were allowed to provide the above details to the delivery men. But, they  refused to accept it and requested the consumers to visit the dealer’s office.  If the oil companies/dealers had followed this method and obtained the details, nearly 90 per cent of the consumers would have provided Form I or Form II to them in the last 3 to 4 months,” the secretary felt.

Special Camps For DBTL

Chennai: Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) will be organising special camps for consumers at six places on Sunday (December 14) in Chennai and Tiruvallur for enrolment of Direct Benefit Transfer for LPG consumers (DBTL). The locations include IOC Bhavan, Nungambakkam High Road; and Chennai Corporation School Playground, MMDA Colony, Arumbakkam.

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