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Gas trouble

November 18, 2009 Leave a comment

My gas cylinder ran out today. I am one of the few lucky Indians with a subscription to a second cylinder, so I could attach a full one. It made me think.

Our government cannot ensure an uninterrupted supply of cooking gas to all citizens. It makes a small amount of kerosene available through the public distribution system, which reaches only a fraction of the citizens. Even then the one liter of kerosene they get in a week, if they get it at all, is not enough to cook a meal for the week. So how does the government expect the citizens to cook? Or does it expect a (large) fraction of the population to remain badly fed?

And all this while the biggest subsidy on natural gas is being fought over by two brothers in a courtroom drama fit for prime time.

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