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Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan slams ‘Paradoxical Intellectual’ Shashi Tharoor for lack of comprehension skills

Shashi Tharoor accused the government of evading his question entirely in the Lok Sabha. He then requested Dharmendra Pradhan, the Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas, to confirm if the government was planning to end the subsidy on Kerosene.

Senior Congress leader, Shashi Tharoor, shared on Twitter the question he had asked the government in the Lok Sabha on reports that it was planning to end the subsidy on Kerosene. The image also carried the government’s response to the matter.

Tharoor then accused the government of evading his question entirely. He also requested Dharmendra Pradhan, the Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas, to confirm if the government was planning to end the subsidy on Kerosene.

Tharoor claimed that ending the subsidy on Kerosene would affect the fishing communities as they depend a lot on Kerosene. Therefore, he wanted to know the measures that will be undertaken to ensure that they are not adversely affected.

In his reply, Pradhan rebuked the Congress leader calling him a “Paradoxical Intellectual” and mocked him saying that he couldn’t understand a simple answer as it didn’t have enough “fancy words” to grab his attention.

Pradhan then went on to say that the Government’s answer clearly mentions that a subsidy of Rs. 15.03/litre on Kerosene. He said that the government doesn’t require any preaching from the member of a party that serves “The Family” only.

The Minister, in his reply in the Parliament, said, “The Government continues to modulate the Retail Selling Price of PDS Kerosene. Currently, Government is providing a subsidy of ` 15.03/ litre on PDS Kerosene. Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas has launched Direct Benefit Transfer in PDS Kerosene (DBTK) Scheme with effect from 01.04.2016 to initiate reforms in Allocation and Distribution of Public Distribution System (PDS) Superior Kerosene Oil (SKO) distribution system, to stop pilferage of subsidy and to reduce the outflow of Central subsidy on kerosene to States/Union Territories (UTs) to a realistic level.”

Pradhan also stated that the distribution of PDS Kerosene is the responsibility of the concerned states/UTs. He said, “Further, distribution of PDS Kerosene within the States/UTs under PDS network to various categories of ration card holders/consumers is the responsibility of the concerned States/UTs.”

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