The Supreme Court on Friday expressed serious concern over “rampant” adulteration in diesel and pilferage of kerosene. The apex court asked the Solicitor General to file an affidavit on behalf of Petroleum Ministry spelling out measures to stop adulteration. The court said that petrol and diesel in rural and urban areas are highly adulterated and asked the government to specify measures in 6 weeks to stop this. The court asked the central government whether petrol and diesel vending machines could be made adulteration sensitive to stop dispensing adulterated fuel. It also ordered an inquiry against Sadabad (UP) MLA Devendra Agrawal who allegedly mixes kerosene with petrol.
CNBC TV18 quoting sources said that the government may cut ethanol rates to align with crude prices. The source told the channel that the government is likely to come out with an updated ethanol policy soon which was being prepared by the Food Ministry & Oil Ministry.