Raising a voice against the Central government’s recent policy changes on cooking gas, Member of Legislative Assembly Ramnanth Mote, elected from the Kokan teacher constituency, appealed to the state government to omit schools, orphanages and Mahila Bachat Gat (small saving groups for women) from the limit of 6 subsidised cylinders in a year.
According to the new policy, every family will get only six cylinders at subsidised rates and will have to pay more than Rs950 for subsequent cylinders. This decision has hit schools hard as they use gas cylinders during various science practicals. Ashram schools, that consume one cylinder in a one week to cook food for 200 to 500 students, women’s organisations that have taken up contracts for supplying midday meals to students or to run small businesses will also face the problem.
Mote said, “In Maharastra, around 80,000 midday meals are given to students. There are around 550 ashram schools, where around 50,000 students study. They will be hit hard with this decision.”
He added, “I had written to the [state] chief minister to attract the government’s attention towards the problem and requested them to omit them from the new policy, and continue to supply cylinders to them at subsidised rates.”