Delhi is India’s first kerosene-free city
As per an announcement by the Delhi Government, the national capital has become the first ‘kerosene-free city’ in the country. It was announced that the ‘Delhi: A Kerosene-Free City Scheme, 2012’ has been implemented successfully and now no subsidized kerosene is being provided in the national capital.
The scheme was started in 2012 in collaboration with three Oil Marketing Companies and Union Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas for which Delhi Government had spent Rs 62 crores.
Earlier, Delhi was getting about 53,000 Kilolitre of kerosene oil annually from the Centre, which was distributed to eligible households at a subsidized price.
Delhi government launched Kerosene-Free City Scheme 2012 under which free gas connections along with LPG filled cylinders, two burner gas stove, regulator and suraksha pipe were issued to the Jhuggi Ration Card ( JRC), Below Poverty Line ( BPL) and Antodaya Ann Yojana ( AAY) ration card holders who were using kerosene oil for cooking.
This measure would boost environment conservation efforts as no toxic gases would be produced from burning the oil, lesser possibility of adulteration in petrol, positive impact on air pollution and improvement in the quality of life of people covered under the scheme in addition to fewer fire accidents and burn injuries.
As per law, any person involved in kerosene oil trade is liable for prosecution under Essential Commodities Act, 1955 and Delhi Kerosene Oil Control Order, 1962. A complaint can be registered in this regard on the helpline number 1967.