In tune with the directive issued by the Congress high command, the Haryana government on Wednesday announced to provide nine subsidised LPG cylinders instead of six to families living below poverty line (BPL) in the state.
Needless to say the additional subsidy cost would have to be borne by the state government.
Chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda in a statement said BPL families in Haryana would get three more LPG cylinders on the pattern of the Delhi government at a subsidised rate over and above the six LPG cylinders per household per year, as announced by the union government.
He said the decision to this effect had been taken in the wake of an appeal made by UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi to give three more subsidised gas cylinders in the Congress-governed states. The state government had already made LPG cylinders VAT-free in the state, Hooda added.
According to Haryana food and supplies department officials, the move would cost the state exchequer an additional Rs 120 crore annually in terms of subsidy as there were nearly 12 lakh BPL families in Haryana. Since all BPL families were not LPG consumers, the department has asked different agencies to prepare a fresh list of LPG users in the BPL category.