Inspired by finance minister Arun Jaitley’s move to give up his subsidised LPG connection, several other ministers and members of the elite have followed suit.
Oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan is calling up one VIP everyday requesting him/her to give up their subsidised connection. Pradhan also surrendered his subsidised connection to a bid to ensure the benefits of the subsidy reaches only the needy.
“I am of the belief that the rich and affluent people who can afford to buy market price LPG, should voluntarily give up subsidised connection,” Pradhan said.
Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi and power minister Piyush Goyal too gave their connections.
Giving up subsidised LPG will help cut government’s subsidy bill that was Rs 46,458 crore on the fuel last fiscal. Consumers are currently entitled to twelve 14.2-kg cylinders or 34 five-kg bottles in a year at subsidised rates. A subsidised 14.2-kg cylinder is currently available at Rs 417 per bottle in Delhi and the 5-kg pack costs Rs 155. Market priced LPG is available at Rs 708.50 per 14.2-kg cylinder and Rs 351 per 5-kg bottle.
Pradhan has urged ministers, MPs, MLAs, senior government officials and executives of public sector companies to give up their subsidies. Public sector oil marketing companies (OMCs) have given an option to existing LPG consumers to convert their domestic LPG connection into a non-subsidised connection.
This can be done by submitting a written request to the distributor or electronically via www.MyLPG.in.
For those buying subsidised LPG, government is also pushing for subsidy to be paid directly in their bank accounts.