In a public interest move, the Kerala high court has directed three state-owned oil companies as well as the state government to take adequate steps to avoid incidents of LPG blast at households.
On the basis of an anonymous letter received by justice Thottathil B Radhakrishnan, the Keral high court registered a suo motu case.
The letter suggests to set up a group insurance scheme of Rs 8 lacs for the benefit of LPG consumers. Furthermore, it suggests that the majority of premium (60%) for the insurance can be contributed by the oil companies whereas consumers and distributers can contribute 40% and 10% respectively.
In the letter, the court blames oil companies and distributors are handling the cylinders in an irresponsible manner, leading to blasts.
The division bench of acting chief justice Manjula Chellur and justice A M Shaffique ordered to send notices to BPCL, HPCL, Indian Oil and the state government. The case would come up for hearing by a division bench headed by justice C N Ramachandran Nair.