NEW DELHI: Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Friday said that there was no proposal on the part of the government to reduce supply of subsidised cooking gas (LPG).
“There is absolutely no proposal to reduce subsidised LPG quota (per household),” Pradhan said. Currently, there is a 12-cylinder provision per year per household. “The new government had given consumers the preference to avail their quota of 12 cylinders anytime of the year as against the restriction of one per month.”
He also pointed out that the Union Cabinet had modified the Direct Benefit Transfer Scheme for LPG to provide for cash subsidy equivalent to the difference between the current rate and the market price, in bank accounts of each consumer.
The new DBTL is being launched in 54 districts initially before being rolled out to other parts, he said.
“We hope to extend the coverage to all the districts in three months and enroll majority of the consumers in another three months. So you can say by June, majority of the LPG consumers will be covered,” he reportedly said.