HYDERABAD: The Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) has urged celebrities and politicians to forgo their LPG subsidy and promote Prime Minister’s ‘GiveItUp campaign, in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. The IOC, which has 62 lakh customers in the Telugu states, has urged the well off to support the campaign.
Only 14,078 customers of IOC in AP and 7,195 customers in Telangana have come forward to give up their LPG subsidy after Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the campaign in March, 2015. Considering the huge number of customers who can afford to pay the market prices, the company is planning to create awareness on the need to give up subsidy.
In an attempt to highlight the campaign, the IOC on Thursday organised an event in Hyderabad where individuals who volunteered to surrender their LPG subsidy were felicitated.
Talking on the occasion, IOC Deputy General Manager for AP and TS Y V Ramana Rao said the campaign received good response from Hyderabad and Ranga Reddy districts.
He said more than 2,000 people from Hyderabad and over 3,000 from Ranga Reddy district have already surrendered their subsidised LPG connection. He sought support from media, policy makers, celebrities and youth to promote this cause across both the States and make it a success.
BJP state president G Kishan Reddy, who was the chief guest on the occasion, said this idea will help to provide LPG to many poor families.
“By giving up our LPG subsidy, we are indirectly giving it to another deserving person for free of cost,” he said adding that this is the biggest subsidy provided by the Central government.