Decision to hike LPG cap likely to be taken soon

Increasing the limit to 12 would result in an additional fuel subsidy burden of Rs 3,300 crore-5,800 crore for the government.

Updated: Jan 17, 2014, 17:54 PM IST

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: The government might increase the quota of subsidised LPG cylinders to 12 per household.

Oil Minister M Veerappa Moily on Friday said that number of subsidised LPG cylinders is likely to be hiked from 9 to 12. The Oil minister said that Cabinet will take a view soon.

Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi while addressing thousands of Congress workers and senior party leaders at the AICC meet requested Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that subsidised LPG cylinders should be raised from 9 to 12.

Increasing the limit to 12 would result in an additional fuel subsidy burden of Rs 3,300 crore-5,800 crore for the government.

With a view to cutting its subsidy bill, the government had initially capped the supply of subsidised domestic LPG cylinders to six per household in a year in September 2012. The annual quota was raised to nine in January 2013.