BENGALURU: Food and Civil Supplies Minister Dinesh Gundurao on Friday announced the launch of a scheme to provide free LPG connection to Below Poverty Line (BPL) families as part of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) of public sector oil companies.
About 15,000 families would be provided free LPG connections this year and the beneficiaries would be selected on “first-come, first-served” basis, he told reporters. However, the beneficiaries will have to pay `1,050 for the gas stove, regulator and the pipe.
LPG customers who have not linked their bank accounts and Aadhaar numbers for receiving cash subsidy need to do it before January 31 as the subsidy would be paid directly to the consumers’ bank account from April 1.
Dinesh, who held a meeting with representatives of oil companies on Friday, said that though linking of the Aadhaar number is not mandatory to avail cash subsidy, furnishing of the Aadhaar number along with the bank account number would avoid trouble in the future as there is every possibility of the Centre linking LPG subsidy to Aadhaar number.
Dinesh said the Centre has restored the state’s kerosene quota. With this, PDS card holders will continue to get their full quota of five litres of kerosene per month.