SRINAGAR, June 16: The Joint Coordination Committee (JCC) Retail Kerosene Oil and Cooperative Union today protested against the government’s decision to exclude PHH (Priority Households) families from access to subsidized kerosene, alleging that the decision harmed their livelihoods and that they should be rehabilitated.
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Dozens of dealers gathered at Partap Park, Press Enclave and shouted slogans in support of their demands. They said that on March 23, 2022, the administration issued an order stating that kerosene oil would be distributed only to the poor category (AAY/BPL) and households in the PHH category (priority households) would only be distributed. not supplied with kerosene oil.
“J&K’s consumer and public distribution department had agreed to pay a meager commission on jet fuel sold to the PHH category, but the administration has now decided not to supply jet fuel to the PHH category, leaving thousands of kerosene distributors in a state of confusion,” said Joint Coordination Committee Retail Kerosene Oil and Cooperative Union Chairman Javaid Ahmed Hakeem.
He said there are about 6,000 people who earn their living by selling kerosene to people in various parts of Kashmir. “Almost 2,500 people are employed in Kashmir by the J&K government and are paid on commission. This ordinance, which was passed in March, has had a significant negative impact on our livelihoods. We demand its cancellation,” a said Javeed and threatened to continue protesting if their demands were not met.