The government has asked oil companies to increase the price of subsidized LPG by four rupees every month. The government wants to end the entire subsidy on LPG by March next year. Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said this on Monday.
Earlier, the government had asked Indian Oil, Bharat Petroleum and Hindustan Petroleum to increase the price of subsidized domestic gas cylinders (14.2 kgs) each month for two rupees. Dharmendra Pradhan said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha that now the price hike has been doubled so that the subsidy can be abolished. Every household gets 12 cylinders in subsidized rates in a year. The subsequent cylinders are found at the market rate.
In Delhi, subsidized LPG of 14.2 kg is available at Rs 477.46. In June last year, it was at 419.18 rupees. At the same time, the price of LPG cylinders at the market rate is now Rs 564. Pradhan said that in July, subsidy on LPG was Rs 86.54 per cylinder. There are 18.11 million subsidiaries of subsidized LPG in the country. These include 25 million poor women, who were given free connections under the Prime Minister Ujjawala scheme during the last one year. The number of non-subsidized cooking gas users is just 2.66 million.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today criticized the decision of the Narendra Modi government to increase the price of subsidized cooking gas and said that “BJP is concerned only about money.” The Chief Minister of the Mulund Congress accused the BJP of doing business. It is overturning with his promises and he is not concerned about the people.