It is sadly experienced that LPG refills have much less gas now than its total quantity of 14.5 kg for which full payment is paid by the consumer. Reports of LPG theft appeared earlier in newspapers and the culprits were reportedly booked but the same corrupt practice still continues with impunity. I had to suffer the loss at least twice in recent months when the gas did not last half in terms of number of days. Through your esteemed daily, I would like to draw the attention of the concerned authority (the IOC-Assam Oil Division) with an appeal to strengthen their monitoring to prevent this theft of LPG.
The customers are reminded to check the safety cap of the cylinder at the time of taking delivery but gas leakage has been noticed on several occasions when the cylinder was uncapped to connect with the regulator. Through this column the concerned authority’s intervention is also sought to this safety aspect in order to avoid fatal accidents.
The Cleanliness survey
Of the two constituencies won by Prime Minister rendra Modi, when he decided to retain Varasi, relinquishing the other seat in Gujrat, there was much euphoria that in no time Varasi would be transformed into a clean city. A recent survey suggests that of the 73 filthy cities of the country, Varasi ranked 65th, the filthiest of these 73 being Dhanbad (Jharkhand) with Asansol (West Bengal) in 72nd position. Our Prime Minister has an ambitious programme, synchronizing the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi with the campaign to make the country clean by 2019. The Prime Minister’s ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ is really an innovative campaign to make the country clean. But we have a saying, 'Old habits die hard'. Unless the people develop habits of cleanliness, unless the feeling of cleanliness comes from within --- no power on Earth can ensure Cleanliness. What we people do, it is seen that after a party, our public places remain littered with garbage. The people must accept the cleanliness campaign as a challenge. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during his last visit to India, paid a visit to Varasi as his Indian counterpart rendra Modi showed enthusiasm in showing him around. Modiji visited Japan last year and signed an agreement with the Japanese PM for transformation of Varasi into a ‘Smart City’. But the Japanese expertise is yet to show its charisma as nothing tangible in respect of cleaning Varasi has yet surfaced. Varasi requires immediate cleaning, particularly the river-banks (ghats), garbage of which keep accumulating and present a shabby sight sullying the image of India before foreign tourists. The UPA government did pretty little towards cleanliness, the NDA government ought to take up the job in right earnest without loss of time.