Bhubaneswar, May 8 In a bid to check the leakage in the distribution of kerosene through PDS, the Odisha government has decided to abolish the Sub-wholesaler system for the distribution of Kerosene in the state from June 1. UNI | 3 months ago

Odisha Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Secretary Madhusudan Padhi said the Sub-wholesaler system had already been abolished in five districts--Balasore, Jajpur, Jagatsinghpur, Boudh and Sonepur since July 1, last year and a decision was taken today to do away with the system in next 25 districts from June 1.

The Sub-wholesaler system was introduced in the state in 1980.

Mr Padhi said the system exists in only one or two states in the entire country.

Mr Padhi said the termination of the sub-wholesaler system would plug the leakage in distribution and help the authorities to provide Kerosene to the PDS beneficiary at a cheaper rate.

Around Rs 400 could be saved per every one thousand litre of kerosene with the abolition of the system and the benefit would be passed on to the consumers.

Mr Padhi said as many as 1,000 sub-wholesalers were operating in the state.

Under the new system, one or two wholesalers would open their depots in every block or Urban Local Body and from there the kerosene would be provided to the retailers.

(Posted on 09-05-2014)