With the district administration directing all gas agencies to inform LPG consumers to submit Aadhaar numbers to receive subsidy in their accounts under the Modified Direct Benefit Transfer for LPG (MDBTL), people here are in a fix yet again.
The MDBTL scheme was launched in Jalandhar, Nawanshahr, Ludhiana, Barnala and Faridkot districts in the first phase of its re-launch on November 15.
As per the modified scheme, those LPG consumers who do not have Aadhaar cards will also be eligible to get cash subsidy directly in their accounts and they will have to give details of their bank accounts to the gas agency concerned to avail the subsidy.
Those who do not have Aadhaar will continue to get LPG supply for a period of three months, a grace period till February 15 next year.
After the end of the grace period, a parking time of another three months will be given to LPG consumers till May 15 in these five districts.
Officials said that during three months of parking period till May 15, cylinders will be given on the market rate.
They said those who have already linked their accounts with Aadhaar and LPG numbers will get subsidy into their accounts and those who fail will have to submit Aadhaar with their respective gas agencies or they will not receive subsidy into their accounts of purchased cylinders during this period.
After the end of the parking period, those who submit their Aadhaar will become eligible to get one-time permanent advance and a total cash entitlement on balance subsidised cylinders during that financial year.
As per officials, the district has 5.32 lakh LPG consumers of which 70 per cent have already linked their Aadhaar with LPG and bank accounts.
Earlier, LPG consumers had suffered a lot due to non-availability of Aadhaar numbers despite their enrollment for UID cards and the government had suffered huge embarrassment for this.
On December 11, district administration officials, including district food and supply controller Baljinder Singh Dhillon, and representatives of gas agencies among others held a meeting to discuss the issue.
Harish Kumar, a LPG consumer, said, “I have received a message from our gas agency about giving a photocopy of Aadhaar to the delivery boy.”
District food and supply controller Dr Baljinder Singh Dhillon said, “LPG consumers have been asked to submit their Aadhaar numbers to the gas agencies to receive subsidy. Those who do not have Aadhaar can go to suwidha centres to enroll for this.”
Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) chief area manager Rajeev Patel said the condition of informing gas agencies about their bank accounts will also continue.