Acute shortage of non-subsidised cooking gas has adversely affected the daily life of consumers in Ludhiana.
Consumers here are unable to buy liquid petroleum gas (LPG) cylinders on time as they have surrendered their subsidies, following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Give It Up”campaign -those who can afford LPG at market rates should give up the subsidy.
Sanjeev Kumar, a resident of Ludhiana, said a month back he opted out of the subsidy queue and since then he had been a victim of irregular and delayed supply of cooking gas. “Prior to this, I was receiving my gas cylinders within a reasonable waiting period. But after I gave up the LPG subsidy, I am facing problems in regular gas supply,” he told HT.
Kumar added, “The gas agency is cancelling bookings for refilling cylinders, giving a reason that the quota for non-subsidised gas had not arrived. I am now regretting my decision to give up subsidy. It is sad that such wonderful schemes are implemented in such a reckless manner.”
Kumar has made several complaints in this regard and even sent an email to ministry of petroleum’s grievance cell, but to no avail. He said, “Where is the need to bring non-subsidised category of consumers under a different quota system? And if it is to be maintained, why are consumers being harassed? Why those who avail subsidy are being given preference over those who want to pay the market price? It is against the very spirit of the scheme launched by the Prime Minster.”
Meanwhile, Indian Oil Company deputy manager MA Alam said, “There are quotas for both subsidised and non-subsidised consumers. We want that the customers should meet us and we will solve the problem.”
As per records 57,000 consumers have given up subsidies in Ludhiana alone.