Cong to provide 200 subsidy on LPG cylinder if voted to power in Uttarakhand: Harish Rawat

Rawat’s announcement came on the day when the petroleum companies hiked the price of LPG cylinder by 25.
File photo: Congress leader Harish Rawat. (PTI)
File photo: Congress leader Harish Rawat. (PTI)
Updated on Aug 18, 2021 07:51 PM IST
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Amid the heated political activities in the state considering the upcoming assembly elections to be held in 2022, Congress national general secretary and former chief minister Harish Rawat on Wednesday said that, if voted to power, the party will provide a subsidy amount of 200 on LPG cylinders to women.

His announcement came on the day when the petroleum companies hiked the price of LPG cylinder by 25, costing it about 880 in Dehradun.

“Amid the uncontrollable rise of prices of groceries and LPG cylinder, the women of Uttarakhand are badly suffering. But they deserve some direct relief in the suffering. For this, the Congress party, if voted to power, will provide a subsidy amount of 200 on LPG cylinder to the women hailing from non-income-tax payee households. It won’t give a significant relief but will help reduce the burden to some extent,” said Rawat who is also heading the election campaign committee for 2022 polls.

He said, “In the first year of tenure, the subsidy amount will be 200 but it will be gradually increased in the following years. Though the state is not capable of this, our party will do it to provide some relief to our mothers and sisters.”

Attacking the BJP-led state government, he said, “This government has failed on every front. Today, not only the cooking stoves are burning but the budget of kitchens is also burning with no relief in sight. The Ujjawala scheme launched by the NDA government to provide LPG cylinders to poor women has now blackened. People are now unable to buy cylinders under it due to skyrocketing fuel prices.”

Rawat had earlier announced free power up to 100 units to all the households of the state in the first year of its government followed by up to 200 units in the next year.

The BJP meanwhile, played down Rawat’s announcement as a “mere political gimmick.”

“His announcement has no importance because he himself is fighting for his existence in the party. It is just a poll gimmick and nothing else,” said Devendra Bhasin, BJP state vice president.

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Tuesday, November 30, 2021