Direct benefit transfer of LPG (DBTL) scheme, entailing the direct transfer of subsidy on domestic gas cylinders, to bank accounts is now in force in Faridkot.
However, of the 1.1 lakh consumers, more than 40% (44,000) have failed to register and will have to purchase the cylinder at market price. This is after the four months, including a month's grace, has expired.
"The rates have also have been increased considerably, from Rs 1,081 in December to 1,311.50 now for domestic gas cylinders. Prices of commercial gas cylinders of 19 kg are now Rs 2,228 from Rs 1,843 in December," said Sunil Jain, president of LPG Gas Dealers Association, Faridkot.
Purported lack of awareness about the scheme, delay in issuing of aadhaar cards and the SC judgment in this regard are some reasons cited for the low enrolment (seeding of bank accounts to subsidised LPG gas cylinders.
"Nearly 40% consumers have failed to submit required documents to the gas agencies and banks to be able to transfer the subsidy in their accounts directly. Those left out will have to buy cylinders at market prices, unless they complete formalities," said Jaspreet Singh Kahlon, district food and supply controller (DFSC) Faridkot.
On whether the subsidy of those complete the formalities will be transferred later to their accounts, Kahlon said he would have to follow government instructions in this regard.