Friday, January 31, 2014
LPG cap hiked to 12; no cash transfers
Acceding to Rahul Gandhi’s demand to raise the annual cap on subsidised LPG cylinders, the Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs on Thursday raised the quota from nine to 12.
It also decided to put on hold the Direct Benefit Transfer for LPG (DBTL) under which consumers receive subsidy in cash.
Every household will get one cylinder each in February and March in addition to the quota of nine. From April, they will be entitled to 12 cylinders, one a month at subsidised rates.
At the All India Congress Committee session on January 17, Mr. Gandhi had appealed to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to increase the quota to 12 cylinders.