The issue of restriction on number of subsidized LPG cylinders rocked the Lok Sabha for a brief period on Friday.
The opposition members objected to the assertion of the government that six cylinders are enough for a family for a year and demanded the quota to be increased to 12 from nine.
The issue came up during the question hour. “Around 90% of the population uses nine LPG cylinders per year. However, based on a survey, it is found that for normal family six cylinders are enough,” Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Panabaka Lakshmi said.
The reply triggered uproar as NCP and DMK joined the opposition in raising slogans for increasing the subsidised LPG cylinders to 12 per year.
Gorakhnath Pandey of BSP remarked that perhaps the government had not consulted its women members while finalising the LPG subsidy.
Lakshmi said ever since a cap on subsidized LPG cylinders was introduced, domestic consumption has reduced by 5.4% and commercial consumption has increase by 12.5%.
Replying to another question, the minister said efforts are on to have at least one gas agency in every mandal to cater to the demand for LPG in rural areas.
(With PTI inputs)