After providing LPG in easy-to- carry 5-kg cylinders, the government is planning to launch 2-kg bottles at local kirana stores even as it introduced online booking of new connections for subsidised cooking fuel.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday coined a new slogan - "give it up" - to exhort the better off sections of society to forego their LPG subsidy that can be utilised in providing subsidised LPG connections to the poor.
A truck laden with LPG refills caught fire and the cylinders exploded one after the other on the National Highway No.44 near Enugumarri in Kurnool District in the early hours of Thursday and threatened to cause huge destruction.
"As on February 23, 2015, approximately 1.46 lakh consumers have voluntarily given up LPG subsidy on their domestic LPG connections," Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha said in a written reply in Rajya Sabha.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday expressed his joy after PaHaL (Pratyaksha Hastaantarit Laabh), the Direct Benefit Transfer scheme for LPG Subsidy Yojana crossed registration mark of ten crores.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on Monday said the well-to-do families should consider buying the LPG cylinders on market price and leave the subsidised cylinders for the benefit of the eligible and poor people.
Apex consumer panel NCDRC has castigated Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) for using LPG cylinders beyond expiry date and asked the state-run oil firm to pay a compensation of Rs 2.25 lakh to a victim of cylinder blast.
The Government on Thursday slashed the price of non-subsidized cooking gas (LPG) by Rs 43.50 per cylinder and the price of jet fuel (ATF) by brought down by 12.5 percent as the international oil rates slumped to multi-year lows.
In a bid to make cooking gas (LPG) easily available to consumers, 5-kg mini LPG cylinders will now be available at select petrol pumps and neighbourhood grocery stores besides regular gas agencies in almost all major cities.
Government on Monday made it clear that Aadhaar number was not mandatory for transfer of subsidy amount of LPG cylinder and the option of providing a bank account is also available under the Direct Benefit Transfer of LPG (DBTL).
Delhi government Thursday seized 315 LPG cylinders from various premises during a massive raid conducted to check unauthorised sale of the cylinders and unauthorised filling of LPG in cylinders in the city.