3 lakh Jalandhar LPG consumers set to lose subsidy from Dec 1
With the grace period for submitting Aadhaar number and bank account details ending on November 30 in the district, around 77% LPG consumers will not be able to get subsidy under the Direct Benefit Transfer for LPG (DBTL) scheme.punjab Updated: Nov 28, 2013 20:08 IST
With the grace period for submitting Aadhaar number and bank account details ending on November 30 in the district, around 77% LPG consumers will not be able to get subsidy under the Direct Benefit Transfer for LPG (DBTL) scheme.
Those who have failed to provide details of Aadhaar and bank account to their respective gas dealers will have to pay the market price for an LPG refill.
According to documents gathered from sources in the district administration, only 1.9 lakh consumers out of total 5.08 lakh have given their Aadhaar details to gas agencies in Jalandhar district.
But most importantly, out of these 1.9 lakh consumers, who have submitted the required details to their gas dealers, only 1.18 lakh have linked their Aadhaar number and bank account with LPG connection, which means that around 3.89 lakh LPG consumers in the district will not be able to get the subsidy provided by the government under the DBT scheme.
After November 30, these 3.89 lakh consumers will have to buy LPG cylinder at market rates, which is Rs 1,066 per refill.
In other districts of the Doaba region, including Kapurthala and Hoshiarpur, the situation was also not satisfactory. Nawanshahr has, however, topped the chart with maximum number of LPG consumers who have linked their Aadhaar to their bank account as well as gas agency.
In Kapurthala, there were around 2.02 lakh LPG consumers, of which 48,578 had seeded their Aadhaar with gas agencies, while only 31,828 seeded their Aadhaar with bank account.
In Hoshiarpur, there were around 3.13 lakh LPG consumers, of which 83,524 have given their Aadhaar number to gas agencies and 43,475 had linked Aadhaar with bank accounts.
Nawanshahr, which became the first district in Punjab to provide the DBTL to consumers on June 1, has around 1.06 lakh LPG consumers, of which 84,526 have given their Aadhaar to gas agencies and out of these consumers 70,442 had linked Aadhaar with bank accounts.
A subsidy of Rs 435 will be transferred by the central government in the bank accounts of those who had linked their UID numbers and bank details with LPG connection on booking of a gas refill.
Deputy commissioner Varun Roojam said, "We have been asking to people to submit their Aadhaar number and bank account details to gas agencies as soon as possible so that they are entitled to get the subsidy, but no avail."
The DC added that the administration would hold more camps to make people aware of enroling themselves for UID.
HT tried to contact the chief area manager of Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), Rajeev Patel, but his mobile phone was out of reach.
Districts Total LPG connections LPG-Aadhaar seedingBank-Aadhaar seeding
Jalandhar 5.08 lakh 1.93 lakh 1.18 lakh
Hoshiarpur 3.13 lakh 83,524 lakh 43,475 lakh
Kapurthala 2.02 lakh 48,578 lakh 31,828 lakh
Nawanshahr 1.06 lakh 84,526 lakh 70,442 lakh
(Figures till November 27)