CHENNAI: With several people queuing up outside Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) distributors’ agencies seeking to transfer the ownership of domestic gas connections to avail of the subsidy under the Direct Benefit Transfer of LPG Scheme, Express on Wednesday spoke to oil company officials to get a clear view on the procedure to be followed.
Officials said three categories of consumers are approaching gas agencies for effecting a name transfer for LPG connections.
The first group comprises cases where the original allottee of the LPG connection is dead. This means widows and children of the original allottee.
Such people, apart from obtaining the documents required (see box), would have to remit the same deposit amount that the original account holder had paid while availing the LPG connection.
The second category involves those requesting transfer, but outside family members.
In this case, the original deposit paid while availing of the LPG connection will be forfeited and the latest deposit amount (`1,450) has to be paid. In this case, if the subscription voucher (receipt bearing the name of the original account holder), is not furnished, a separate form has to be filled.
The third category involves transferring a gas connection within the family. The procedure for this remains the same as that of the first category, except that a death certificate, quite obviously, is not needed.
Nominal charges are collected by oil companies for effecting the name transfer. But obtaining a death certificate and legal heir certificate will require some running around.
“We insist on a no objection certificate from other siblings to eliminate legal disputes at a later stage. In many inheritance dispute, a gas connection is used a proof of being the legal heir,” explained a Bharatgas official.
Also the name transfer will be effected only if the ‘heir’ concerned does not have any other gas connection in his/her name. If due procedure is followed then a name transfer could be obtained within seven days of applying.