In a relief to consumers, the cabinet on Wednesday lifted the restriction on supply of only one subsidised cooking gas LPG cylinder to a household per month, saying consumers can avail their quota of 12 subsidised cylinders at any time of the year.
The cabinet has lifted the one cylinder a month restriction imposed by the UPA regime to allow consumers the flexibility to meet personal requirements.
“The cabinet concluded that this system is causing problems. Sometimes people do not need one but during festive season demand is more. There was a feeling that if on a given month a cylinder is not taken, it won’t be given later,” telecom and law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said.
Fom the 13th cylinder onwards, cooking gas has to be purchased at market rate of Rs. 920 per 14.2-kg cylinder.
The UPA, in February, had raised the number of subsidised LPG cylinders to 12 from nine, but also introduced the one-month-one-cylinder policy.