Taking serious view of the complaints regarding the supply of LPG cylinders, Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Minister Ramesh Dhawala, today said that the practice of using domestic cylinders for commercial purposes is illegal and the necessary action will be taken against the offenders. Stressing upon the need to make regular inspections, Dhawala directed all the District Controllers to work in close coordination with the officers of concerned oil companies to check any misuse of domestic LPG cylinders by hotels, restaurants, dhabas and tea stalls’ owners.

Dhwala directed the officers to ensure that the LPG distribution in the state is being carried out in accordance with the route chart as displayed by the LPG agency dealer. He further asked the officials to monitor the stock of LPG from to time and take appropriate action in case of any discrepancy. He assured that the State Government is committed to allocate food items from Central Government and the matter is taken up with the Centre at every level. Dhawala directed the officers to keep a tab on the essential commodities being distributed to the consumers. Acting swiftly on the complaints regarding some of the fruit and vegetable vendors in Shimla charging exorbitant prices and not displaying the rate list, he asked the District Controller to act accordingly. He said that the campaign to check fake Ration cards in the State will continue in coming times too.