The National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi will become the first state in the country to be ‘kerosene free’ as the government will complete work on providing ‘free’ Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) connections to all 2.5 lakh kerosene users by then.
With elections slated to be held anytime after October, the Delhi Government is leaving no stone unturned in implementing ‘populist’ schemes.
Delhi food and civil supplies minister Haroon Yusuf on Monday said that 1.1 lakh Liquefied petroleum gas connections have already been provided under the kerosene free Delhi scheme and by August 2.5 lakh connections would be provided making the national capital kerosene free.
The city government will give an LPG cylinder, regulator, gas stove, tube and Liquefied petroleum gas connection free of cost to the senior most female member of the family holding Antodaya Anna Yojana (AAY), Jhuggi Ration Card (JRC) and Below Poverty Line (BPL) ration cards.
The city government is paying for 50 per cent of Liquefied petroleum gas connection charges for Antodaya Anna Yojana and Below Poverty Line card holders with the Union Government paying the rest of the amount and 100 per cent of the charges for Jhuggi Ration Card holders.
The expenditure on each beneficiary comes to `3,249 out of the which the government pays `800, in case of AAY and BPL categories and remaining `2499 is borne by the Delhi Government, Yusuf said.
Meanwhile, Delhi BJP leader Vijender Gupta said that the state government is fooling the people. “It would not be possible to make Delhi kerosene free by August.
Delhi is a city where over 1.75 crore people reside. I cannot understand how every consumer of kerosene would convert to Liquefied petroleum gas by August. As it is, Liquefied petroleum gas is unaffordable for many people,” he said.