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NRIs can apply for LPG connection: NRI Commission

Following a complaint filed by two non-resident Indians (NRIs), the Punjab State Commission for NRIs on Wednesday said complainants could avail of LPG connection as the union ministry of petroleum and natural gas had informed it that foreign nationals, PIOs (), and NRIs were eligible for the same.

chandigarh Updated: Jan 22, 2014 22:11 IST
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Following a complaint filed by two non-resident Indians (NRIs), the Punjab State Commission for NRIs on Wednesday said complainants could avail of LPG connection as the union ministry of petroleum and natural gas had informed it that foreign nationals, PIOs (), and NRIs were eligible for the same.


Two NRIs - Baldev Singh and Vijay Kumar Saria - in their complaint with the Commission said that they could not apply for a gas connection in India despite the Centre according many benefits to Persons of Indian Origins (PIOs) and Overseas Citizens of India.

They pointed out that to apply for a gas connection, one has to declare that "I am an Indian citizen". They said since they were not Indian citizen, they could not apply for a gas cylinder, which "frustrated their intention" to stay in the country for a longer period.

Following their complaint, the Commission had issued notice to the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas to look into this issue.

The Commission said the under secretary (Marketing) of Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas submitted a report to it saying the matter had been examined and it had been decided that foreign nationals/NRIs/PIOs/OCIs would be eligible for a domestic non-subsidised LPG connection.

First Published: Jan 22, 2014 22:10 IST