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SILCHAR, June 29: Some village areas of Cachar district are still living in the dark ages. Unfortutely, 40% of the rural areas of this district are yet to get electricity connection. Biplob Kumar Goswami, general secretary on behalf of Grahak Surakhsa Samiti, Cachar, has stated it in a press release. Owing to this problem, the residents of those areas have to survive on kerosene oil as it becomes very dark soon after the nightfall. It becomes difficult for these poor folks to afford the prices of kerosene oil. It has been stated that kerosene oil is being sold at a whopping price, Rs.40 to Rs.50 per litres, which becomes difficult for them to afford.

 Government is providing kerosene oil at a much subsidized rate and that too in large number of quantity. Despite of such steps, it has become difficult for the people to comprehend that how on earth, corruption has slipped flowed in. The members of the Samiti have also stated it that around 30% of kerosene oil provided by the government, reaches the people.  The rest quantities are sold at a much higher price. This has caused a great difficulty for the people who are observing the Holy Ramzan in this pious month.

 Samiti has reports that kerosene oil is not available at the subsidized rates in a number of places. People living at Ghumra, Jalalpur, Kalain, Hilara, Bihara, Barkhola, Chesri, Dolu, Jatinga, Lahtimara, Udharbond, Salchappra, Katigorah, Sriko, Soribarighat, Soani, Sadinbazaar, Amraghat, Matigar, Kabuganj, Bagha, Dholai and other innumerable villages are facing the problem that should be addressed at the earliest. Black marketing has become rampant and if stern steps are not taken against this, people will have to face untold miseries. It has been also mentioned in particular by the members of the Samiti that only surface level campaigns and investigations will not serve the purpose and government should take some substantive steps in this regard.

 The members of Grahak Surakhsa Samiti has opined that the district administration should come forward and stop the inflow of corruption in matters related to fair distribution of kerosene oil. The corrupted agencies should be dealt fair and square so that people get this essential commodity at the government prescribed rate. Cancellation of the license of the corrupted shopkeepers will be a befitting punishment for the wring-doers, stated the Samiti members and also mentioned it in particular that such steps will send a message to those shopkeepers and owners who have been dishonestly trying to sell kerosene oil at a higher price.

Grahak Surakhsa Samiti has been piously trying to help the poor in this regard. They are with the deprived section of the society and owing to this, they have been trying to providing people rice, wheat and kerosene oil at the subsidized rate fixed by the government.

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