Union Petroleum Minister Veerappa Moily has denied reports about increasing the quota on subsidised LPG available per household annually from the present nine to 12 cylinders.
“We don’t have such a proposal before us,” said Moily, who arrived here in connection with the formal commissioning of Petronet LNG terminal at Puthyvype by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
“The hike affects only 10 per cent, as nine subsidised LPG cylinders a year covers 90 per cent of consumers. At present, the right to fix LPG price lies with the oil companies and there is no proposal before the government to withdraw that right,” he said.
“People will appreciate the government stand,” the Petroleum Minister added.
On Thursday, Finance Minister P Chidambaram had said in New Delhi that the government would “take a look” at the demand to raise the quota of subsidised LPG cylinders.