General Reservations: Now the government will give petrol pump and cooking gas agency to the poor.
The Central Government has recently announced to give 10 per cent reservation to the economically backward (EWS) Classes in government jobs and education. Now the government will allocate petrol pump and cooking gas agency under the oil marketing companies run by the state government to the poor families under this. Two government officials said, “These companies will follow the central government’s reservation policy.”
One of the two officials said, “After the notification of the new passed law is notified, the formal proposal for giving 10 percent reservation (allocation of retail shops) to the EWS category will be started at the right time.” Senior officials of the Petroleum Ministry have not commented on this. Officials said that the bill will be notified soon after getting President’s approval.
State-owned fuel retailer- Indian Oil Corporation, Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) and Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited already have reservation policy for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes (OBCs). In the allocation of petrol pumps and LPG agencies, the OBC quota was started by Manmohan Singh government-led UPA government on July 20, 2012.
At present, this kind of allocation is for 22.5 percent SC and ST and 27 percent for OBC. On the other hand, 50.5 percent for the people of general category in the whole country. But this percentage is different in Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Mizoram. Reservations for retail outlets in North-Eastern states vary according to socio-economic structure. 70 percent reservation for ST in Arunachal.
There are quota in quota in different categories. Which includes security forces and women. Former Chairman and Managing Director of HPCL, S. Roy Choudhary said that it is good to give reservation to the people under the EWS category. But the government will have to ensure that the customer and the company do not have trouble with it. At the same time, experts in the petroleum sector say that sometimes the beneficiaries take advantage of these allotments and give it to the local trader.