New Delhi: Minster of State (MoS) for Agriculture and Parliamentary Affairs, Harish Rawat, on Tuesday became the second minister from the Congress-led UPA government to demand a raise in the cap on subsidized LPG cylinder.
Last week, the Manmohan Singh government had restricted the supply of subsidized cooking gas to 6 cylinders a year per household. However, the move was met with much criticism from within the government, the opposition and common man alike.
The Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs (CCPA) chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had taken the decisions and decided that each household will get 6 cylinders of 14.2-kg per annum at the subsidised rate of Rs 399 and any requirement beyond that would have to be procured at the market rate of Rs 746 per bottle.
Following this decision of the government, Food Minister KV Thomas on Monday told Prime Minister that Centre's move to cap the number of subsidised LPG cylinders at six per household a year "will not go well" with middle class and suggested a slab system with a marginal hike in price for extra cylinders.
Thomas, who also holds the portfolio of Consumer Affairs Ministry, in a letter to the Prime Minister suggested that the government should charge only Rs 50 extra for consumers seeking between seven and 12 LPG cylinders per household in a year and Rs 150 extra for 13 to 24 cylinders.
For any requirement beyond 24 cylinders per year, the Minister recommended that the government should not give any subsidy and charge the market price.
With PTI Inputs