By an APN correspondent
The Yogi Adityanath government, in its ongoing efforts to weed out corruption in public life, on April 27 took tough action against seven petrol pumps in Lucknow for cheating customers by supplying less fuel. A Special Task Force raided petrol pumps and caught those using electronic chips controlled by remotes to cheat customers.
The STF team was accompanied by officials of the district administration, supply department, representatives of petroleum companies and officials of the weighing and scaling departments. According to reports, vehicle owners were supplied 50 to 100 ml less on each litre. According to rough estimates, each of the erring petrol pumps were pocketing Rs 40,000-50,000 every day.
Amit Pathak, SSP of the Special Task Force, was quoted as saying that cheating at petrol pumps has been noticed in neighbouring states as well where electronic chips and remote controls were used with fuel dispensers. One of the accused, Rajender, admitted to the malpractice at seven petrol pumps.
APN carried a half-hour special programme, Aap Ki Rai (Your Opinion), on April 28, to gauge people’s opinion on the checking of corruption at the petrol pumps. Several viewers called the APN studio to put forth their opinion on curbing the corruption. Most of the participants appreciated the UP government’s move.
The viewers were actively involved with the subject. Most of the participants suggested that the licences of the erring petrol pumps should be immediately cancelled, a heavy penalty should be levied, and the owners should be sent to jail for at least five years.
Kishan Chandra from Delhi, Narendra Kumar from Kanpur, Pooran Chand from Punjab, Devraj from Pratapgarh, Kailash from Lucknow, Ajay from Bihar and Harjendra from Punjab were among the callers.
Most of the participants also shared their own experiences of being cheated at petrol pumps in their respective cities. Ajay from Bihar claimed that he was cheated on April 28 (the day of the APN show), when he was supplied petrol worth Rs. 120 instead of worth Rs. 170, which was what he paid.
Adarsh from Varanasi advised that vehicles should be equipped with a fuel meter to monitor the exact fuel quantity in the tank. This can curb the corruption effectively, he said.