Amid the confusion prevailing over the subsidy of LPG cylinders, Union Minister of Food and Consumer Affairs K V Thomas told ‘City Express’ that the Ministry’s new policy decision, by which all eligible consumers can avail themselves of cooking gas cylinders at subsidised rate directly from gas agencies, will come into effect soon.
Though the Petroleum Ministry announced the policy decision a week ago, the scheme has not been implemented so far as the circular is yet to reach the concerned authorities and the LPG cylinder distribution has been hit in the state. Thomas stated that it would take a few days for it to come into effect. “The Ministry will soon issue a circular to the oil companies. However, the procedures in this regard will take some time as minutes regarding the policy decision should be approved by the Prime Minister,” he said.
He also said that the existing distribution system of providing subsidy through banks for the consumers enrolled in the DBTL scheme and others paying the subsidy amount directly to gas agencies will be put on hold once the minutes are approved. He further said that only 20 per cent of people are yet to enroll their names in the DBTL scheme. “We put the scheme on hold to study the problem of this 20 per cent. An expert committee was appointed in this regard. An effective method will be discerned by them to include the remaining people into the scheme without causing any problem.
As of now, we will not push them to enroll their names in the scheme. However, those who have not enrolled will have to do so as the Centre has not decided to scrap the people-friendly scheme,” he said.