Deora clarifies on outlet controversy

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New Delhi, Dec 13 (UNI) Petroleum Minister Murli Deora today said the retail outlet (RO) allotted to Ganga Devi, widow of Late ASI Nayak Chand killed in the 2001 Parliament attack, is functioning smoothly.

Clarifying reports alleging the government has not fulfilled its promises made to the widow Mr Deora said, ''The retail outlet is funcioning smoothly without any problems.'' The monthly sales in this outlet is 40 kl of petrol and 150 kl of diesel and the allottee has not approached BPCL officials with any problem so far, he said.

The minister also clarified that the person's name is Ganga Devi and not Vimla Devi as reported.

He said the retail outlet allotted to Ganga Devi was commissioned in January 25.

According to the report, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh apparently faced embarrassing moments when an inconsolable kin of a victim in Parliament attack case accused the government of not fulfilling the promises made to her.

Mr Deora said his ministry has given top-most priority in providing relief to the families of victims of terrorist attack on Parliament as per the policy.

Out of nine cases, three retail outlets were commissioned in 2003. One outlet was commissioned last year and four have been started this year.

UNI

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