Following the success of its pilot programme in 20 districts, the scheme to pay LPG subsidy directly to cooking gas consumers will be extended to 269 districts by January 1, finance minister P Chidambaram said on Thursday.
Under the scheme, Rs. 435 is credited to the accounts of LPG consumers the moment they book a cooking gas refill or cylinder. The consumer is then supposed to use this to buy a 14.2-kg LPG cylinder at market price, which is almost the double of R410 per bottle rate in Delhi.
The moment the refill is bought, another Rs. 435 is credited to an Aadhar-linked bank account of LPG consumer.
“Based upon the experience gained in 20 districts, we have decided to rapidly roll out the DBT for the LPG over 269 more districts,” Chidambaram said while briefing reporters on the decisions taken by Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs.
The scheme is aimed at checking subsidised LPG cylinders meant for household use finding way on the black market or being used in commercial establishments.