[dropcap color=”#008040″ boxed=”yes” boxed_radius=”8px” class=”” id=””]P[/dropcap]etroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan says the govt will permit online shopping of petrol and diesel! According to a front page report in The Times of India today April 22/17, fuel will be delivered to you just like milk is. He says delivery will be done thru mobile petrol pumps.
When Mukeshbhai felt insecure despite his Israeli security detail, the then Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde with alacrity asked the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) to provide official security to his friend. It’s a different matter that this was an unprecedented move and against the mandate of the CRPF which was raised exclusively for internal security purposes.
The entire move is aimed at helping Reliance Petroleum which is unable to find sites for petrol pumps in cities. In fact, Reliance already has mobile fuel pumps.
In his eagerness to bail out Reliance, Pradhan is willing to throw national interests to the winds.
At present petrol dealers are barred from selling fuel in cans. The logic behind this is that such fuel can be used by rioters and terrorists. But with online sales, the Lashkar-e-Tayyaba can order 1000 litres of petrol and use it for a terror attack.
Pradhan’s move will also help easy blackmarketing and adulteration of fuel.
The govt’s concern for Mukeshbhai is very touching
When he expressed his desire to build his home by demolishing a Muslim orphanage in upmarket Carmichael Rd in a tiny corner of South Mumbai, the then Cong govt ensured that poor Mukeshbhai had a house of his own. It made sure that the Wakf Board handed over the prime property to its friend.
Kirti Ambani of Reliance was arrested for plotting to kill Nusli Wadia. Two other accused, Arjun Babaria and Shanu Sequiera, had confessed to the conspiracy. The trial is continuing for 20 yrs. The question is why would Kirtibhai want to bump off Nusli unless someone had asked him to get the job done. Despite all his clout, Nusli is not getting justice.
When Mukeshbhai felt insecure despite his Israeli security detail, the then Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde with alacrity asked the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) to provide official security to his friend. It’s a different matter that this was an unprecedented move and against the mandate of the CRPF which was raised exclusively for internal security purposes. But then what friends are for? Rules be damned.
The Justice AP Shah Committee found that Mukeshbhai had generously helped himself to Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC)’s gas in the Krishna-Godavari Basin worth $1.5 billion. Pradhan is silent about this plunder of national wealth. In fact, First Information Report (FIR)s should have been lodged against Mukeshbhai and other directors. But then Pradhan is too small a fry to do that.
The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has found Mukeshbhai guilty of stock market manipulation of well over Rs.1000 crores ($155 million). No action.
The tacit help which the govt is giving to Jio in its ongoing battle Airtel and Vodafone is very instructive. Should only Reliance Make in India?
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