Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday urged Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan to release additional quota of 1000 Kilo Litre (KL) of subsidized kerosene (s.k.) oil in order to provide relief to the affected people in cyclone hit Puri.
Patnaik, in a letter to Pradhan stated, “As you are aware, Puri district has been severely affected during the recent cyclone ‘FANI’. Though the restoration works are in progress on war footing, but due to the extensive damage caused to the power infrastructure, supply of electricity will take some more time. Absence of electricity has led to a surge in demand of s.k. oil by the people for lighting purposes.”
The Chief Minister requested that an additional stock of 1000 KL may be provided to the wholesalers by the oil companies free of cost so that Odisha government can distribute it to the affected people without any charge.
“This quota will be lifted and distributed in the month of May,” he added.