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Domestic LPG at Sangai Fest venue : Infamy at the festival
- The Sangai Express Editorial :: November 27 2015 -

Domestic LPG used at a foodstall at the festival venue
Domestic LPG used at a foodstall at the festival venue :: Pix - TSE



The loophole is too glaring. The callousness of the authority concerned is too obvious to be missed.

Not the way a State level festival like the Sangai Festival should be organised.

How else does one explain the fact that domestic subsidised filled LPG cylinders are nonchalantly being used in food stalls at the ongoing Sangai Festival ?

Not the first time this has happened and nothing to suggest that things will take a turn for the better next year, in the face of the authority concerned maintaining a stoic silence over the matter.

The irony is stark. While majority of the genuine LPG consumers are hard pressed to receive their annual quota of 12 refilled LPG cylinders from the agency concerned, some have received more than 20 filled LPG cylinders.

The connection between the shortage of cooking gas in the agencies and its abundant availability in the black market cannot be missed. The pattern is slowly but gradually emerging.

Issue filled LPG cylinders to some hand picked consumers in excess of their annual quota at the cost of others and surely there must be a connection between the shortage in the godown and its abundance in the black market.

Top this off with the use of domestic cylinders for commercial purposes, as evidenced by the ongoing Sangai Festival, and the reality should become clear.

A sure case of a sleeping authority refusing to wake up and take stock of the ugly situation.

Time to crack the whip.

Remember the Sangai Festival is a Government sponsored festival and if some elements do not hesitate to use domestic LPG cylinders for commercial purposes at the very venue where the festival is being held then the reality at other joints or commercial places can only be imagined.

It was just a few years back that some food stalls were found serving meat of wild animals at the Sangai Festival venue and this should be more than clear that the Government still need to walk the extra mile to really make the festival meaningful.

From the meat of wild animals to use of subsidised domestic LPG cylinders for commercial purposes and surely the infamy surrounding the State level Sangai Festival is disturbing.

The Government should wake up and get its priorities right.

Absolutely makes no sense in trying to sell the festival to the outside world when it cannot even keep a check on the use of domestic LPG cylinders at the festival venue purely for monetary gains.

The Sangai Express has already run a report on the massive use of domestic cooking gas at the eating joints in the festival venue and the Government should take up from there.



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