Chennai, April 9 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa Tuesday said that the central government was punishing the state for running the public distribution system (PDS) efficiently by slashing kerosene allotment to the state.
In a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Jayalalithaa said: “Is the government of India punishing Tamil Nadu for running one of the most efficient Public Distribution Systems in the country?”
She said that the kerosene allotment for the April-June 2013 quarter had been drastically slashed to 29,060 kilo litres (KL) per month, the biggest cut to be imposed on any state.
The kerosene allotment to Tamil Nadu had gone down from 52,806 KL per month from the April-June 2011 quarter to 44,576 KL in the January-March 2012 quarter, Jayalalithaa said.
It was further reduced to 42,460 KL in the April-June 2012 quarter, and has gone down to 39,429 KL per month from the July-September 2012 quarter onwards.
Jayalalithaa said the actual requirement of kerosene for Tamil Nadu is 64,140 KL per month.
“The unjust and arbitrary under-allocation of kerosene by the government of India to Tamil Nadu to the extent of more than 55 percent against the actual requirement is penalizing the poor people of Tamil Nadu,” she added.