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  1. SC asks TN govt to file fresh suit in kerosene row

SC asks TN govt to file fresh suit in kerosene row

The Supreme Court, dismissing a petition by the Tamil Nadu government, has asked it to file a fresh suit challenging the Centre’s decision...

By: | New Delhi | Published: December 16, 2014 4:57 AM

The Supreme Court, dismissing a petition by the Tamil Nadu government, has asked it to file a fresh suit challenging the Centre’s decision to reduce allocation of kerosene to the state by 55% from June 2011, from 65,140 kilolitres (kl) to 29,060 kl per month.

The cut in allocation, which the state called arbitrary and discriminatory, was made by the previous UPA government.

A bench headed by Chief Justice HL Dattu said the state should have filed a civil suit rather than a writ petition.

The state’s entitlement, according to its ration card holders, is 65,140 kl per month against the present allotment of 29,060 kl.

When J Jayalalithaa was CM, the state had written to PM Narendra Modi asking him to ensure allotment of the monthly requirement of over 65,000-kl. She had also made several representations to the central government led by the UPA for enhancing PDS-SKO (Public Distribution System- Superior Kerosene Oil) allocation to the required quantity.

Instead of considering the pleas, the Centre on July 22, 2011, replied that in view of LPG coverage of 77% in the state, due to lapse of the quota allocated and higher consumption with respect to the national average, the allocation was reduced.

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