An LPG consumer in city was surprised to receive a message to his mobile phone recently stating that the subsidy amount has been credited to the person’s bank account when he had not booked a domestic LPG cylinder.

The person in question is R. Nagaraj, 65, a retired CFTRI Officer residing at 2433/B, 1st cross, Hosabandikeri here.

On July 16, at 10 pm Nagaraj was said to have received a message to his cellphone (9480732733) which read “under DBT scheme for LPG consumer, an advance subsidy amount of Rs. 435 has been transferred to your bank account by BPCL.”

The next day at 11.20 am Nagaraj was said to have again received a message “Under DBT scheme for LPG, the subsidy amount of Rs. 415.58 has been transferred to your bank account by BPCL for the cylinder delivered on July 17”.

The perplexed Nagaraj immediately rushed to Prasad Gas Agency in Krishnamurthypuram and said that he had neither booked a cylinder nor received the same against his consumer number 1392. The staff at the gas agency verified in the computer and said that a cylinder had been delivered to Nagaraj on the said date. When Nagaraj demanded to see the acknowledgement slip on delivery of the cylinder, the staff reportedly declined to elaborate on the matter and asked him to approach the Agency Manager whose cellphone number too was not divulged.

Earlier to that Nagaraj had ascertained that the subsidy amount had indeed been credited to his account at the SBM branch in CFTRI campus. Speaking to SOM, Nagaraj said that he had submitted a written complaint to the gas agency.

Complaints continue

Three more such complaints have been received by SOM yesterday. Bookanakere Vijendra, an LIC Development Officer residing in Kuvempunagar ‘K’ Block, P.N. Bhat residing at Brigade Apartments in VV Mohalla and B.J. Ashok Jain, former Corporator, residing in Kuvempunagar, too have alleged that they too have received similar messages on their cellphone stating that cylinder has been delivered and subsidy amount transferred to their bank accounts when they had not booked any cylinder.

Now the consumers in city are worried over the incidents fearing that a racket may continue to operate misusing domestic LPG cylinders in nexus with gas agencies.

When SOM contacted Food and Civil Supplies Assistant Director Manjunath for his reaction on the incidents, he ruled out any malpractice as the agency had to compulsorily obtain the delivery acknowledgement slip from the consumer. However, he assured to probe the issue.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore