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Subsidised LPG cylinder quota to be increased to 12/yr: Moily


New Delhi:  With Congress party vice president Rahul Gandhi making a strong pitch for raising LPG cap, Oil Minister M Veerappa Moily today said the quota of subsidised cooking cylinders will be hiked to 12 from 9 per household.

“Yes, the cap will be increased,” Moily said soon after Gandhi made a demand to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the AICC session here.

Moily, who till last week had maintained that there was no proposal for raising the quota of subsidised LPG cylinders a household is entitled to in a year, said the decision will be announced after the Cabinet approves of it.

“The Cabinet will take a view (on it) soon,” he said.

Oil Ministry officials said they will move a proposal for the consideration of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs or Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs once Moily instructs them to do so.

Gandhi at the AICC session stated that 9 cylinders were not enough for households and there was a need to increase this quota to 12 cylinders of 14.2-kg.

Moily had earlier this week stated that 89.2 per cent of the 15 crore LPG consumers use up to nine cylinders in a year and only 10 per cent have to buy the additional requirement at the market price.

If the quota is raised to 12, about 97 per cent of the LPG consumers would be covered by subsidised LPG, he had said.

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

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.

Consumers who have exhausted their quota have to buy LPG at the market price of Rs 1,258 per cylinder. Subsidised LPG costs Rs 414 per 14.2-kg cylinder in Delhi.

Rahul wants subsidised annual LPG cylinder limit raised to 12

New Delhi, Jan 17 (PTI) Rahul Gandhi today gave voice to demands for raising the number of subsidised LPG cylinders from nine to 12 per year as he made a public request for it to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the AICC session here.

“I want to tell the Prime Minister — Pradhan Mantriji, 9 cylinders se baat nahin ban rahi. Humko 12 cylinders chahiye. Hindustan ke mahilaon ko 12 cylinders chahiye. (Prime Minister, nine cylinders are not enough. We need 12 cylinders, India’s women need 12 cylinders),” he said.

The Congress Vice President was addressing the  session when he turned towards Singh who was seated on the dais, along with Congress chief Sonia Gandhi.

His remarks were greeted by the gathering with cheers and applause.

There have been demands, including from the Congress party, for raising the annual limit of subsidised LPG cylinders from nine to 12.