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Delhi ranks third on petrol, diesel sales fraud among states

Delhi reported 785 cases of short-delivery of fuel at petrol pumps between April 2014 and December 2017, ranking third among all the states in the number of such cases. The national capital was only behind Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh with 1,560 and 913 cases, respectively, data shared by oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan in Parliament shows.

India has a total of 61,381 retail fuel outlets. Uttar Pradesh with 7,069 retail outlets has the highest number of petrol pumps followed by 5,684 in Maharashtra. Delhi's third rank on short-delivery assumes importance given the less number of total outlets (396) in the capital city.

In terms of adulteration, Maharashtra tops the chart with 466 cases registered during the period, followed by Uttar Pradesh with 368 cases and Karnataka with 294 cases.

Overall, the country has reported a total of 10,898 cases of adulteration and short-delivery of fuel in the past three financial years (2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17) and April-December 2017. Of these, 468 cases have been reported to be caused due to installation of unauthorized chip in dispensers.

Pradhan informed the three state-run Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) - Indian Oil Corp (IOC), Bharat Petroleum Corp (BPCL) and Hindustan Petroleum Corp (HPCL) - had terminated the license of 107 retail outlets by 1 January, 2018 across UP, Maharashtra and Odisha on account of electronic chip manipulation in dispensing units.

Post the unearthing of petrol chip fraud in Uttar Pradesh by the states' STF in April last year, a special task force comprising officers of the state governments of UP, Maharashtra and Odisha along with OMC officials have conducted over 7,498 inspections of retail outlets across the three states.

Pradhan said the oil ministry and the OMCs have taken concrete steps to check adulteration and short-delivery of fuel by introducing new specifications for procurement of Multi Product Dispensers (MPDs) with tamper proof pulsars, specification for up-gradation of old pulsar units by self-destructive pulsar units, changes in sealing integrity and design for sealing integrity in dispenser units, amendments in Marketing discipline Guidelines with stringent penalty provisions for irregularities and automation.

IOC, the country's largest fuel retailer and operating 26,663 pumps, reported 3,901 cases of adulteration and short-delivery of fuel during the period, the highest among the three OMCs. The second largest retailer HPCL, which operates 14,783 outlets, reported 3,894 cases of adulteration and short-delivery. BPCL, which operates 14,255 pump, reported 3,103 cases of sales fraud.

Among states, Maharashtra, with total 5,684 pumps, reported the highest number of fraud cases - 2,026 -- including both adulteration and short-delivery. This is followed by UP with 1,281 cases, Karnataka with 1,027 cases, Delhi with 946 cases, Gujarat with 621 cases and Haryana with 603 reported cases.


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