Background on Kerosene Allocation to States
Allocation of PDS SKO (PDS Superior Kerosene Oil) to the States/Union Territories (UTs) is made by the Government of India for cooking and lighting purposes. Further distribution, criterion for eligibility and scale of allocation to beneficiaries is in the domain of the State Government.
The Quota of PDS Kerosene is rationalised based on factors such as:
· Increase in Domestic LPG/PNG connections,
· Non-lifting of PDS Kerosene quota (non-lifting means that the states have failed to take/ utilise the quantity provided to them by the Centre), and
· Cap on the per capita PDS Kerosene allocation for non-LPG population.
Further, such quantity of the quota that remains unlifted (unutilised) by the States/UTs within the stipulated period is reduced from the allocation for the following year.