LPG transporters on strike in Assam, govt steps in to look into the issue
The LPG transporters, under North Eastern Packed LPG Transporters Association, are on a strike since September 8 in support of various demands.
On September 12, principal secretary at food, civil supplies & consumer affairs department met with higher officials of IOCL to take stock of the situation and discuss the issues raised by the association.
Necessary instructions in this regard was sent to deputy commissioners and superintendent of police of Kamrup, Tinsukia, Cachar, Chirang and Dibrugarh districts with information to DGP, Assam, requesting them to take necessary action in order to ensure that the entry points/gates to the LPG bottling plants under their respective jurisdiction are kept open, enabling smooth passage of the vehicles/employees/ workers to the bottling plants, a government release said.
Further, the release stated that the officials were also requested to take up appropriate steps for maintaining law and order and ensuring uninterrupted supply of LPG packed cylinders to the consumers.
“The issue was also taken up with additional chief secretary, home & political department requesting to issue necessary instructions to DGP, Assam and all concerned to ensure that picketers are not allowed to carry out blockade of the bottling plants and prevent disruption of distribution of LPG packed cylinders to the consumers,” the government release stated.
The IOCL authorities informed the meeting that they have held meetings on September 11 and 12 with the office bearers and members of the association to discuss and settle the demands.