83 cases of cheating at fuel stations registered in Odisha in 3 years: Minister

Bhubaneswar: As many as 83 cases of cheating have been registered against various fuel stations in Odisha in the last three years, informed Food Supplies & Consumer Welfare Minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak in the State Assembly, today.

The minister was replying to a question by MLA Sudhansu Sekhar Parida.

As per the information provided by the minister, 37 such cases were registered in 2020-21, 22 in 2021-22 and 24 in 2022-23. Fine of Rs 406000, Rs 343000 and Rs 317000 were collected in this regard in 2020-21, 2021-22 and 2022-23, respectively.

The minister’s answer revealed that Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) are undertaking the following measures to check adulteration at fuel stations in Odisha.

  • The OMCs are taking stock of quality and measurement at fuel stations, once in three months. In case of any irregularity, oil samples are sent to laboratory for further action.
  • Surprise checks are being carried out by Multi Disciplinary Teams at fuel stations.
  • Oil samples are being collected and examined in mobile laboratories of OMCs, every month.
  • Officers of OMCs are carrying out investigations if complaints of adulteration are brought to fore.
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