Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas
20-December-2011 16:47 IST
No Move to Restrict Supply of LPG Cylinders

The Government today said that no decision has been taken to limit the number of LPG cylinders for each household to seven per year. Minister of state in the Ministry of petroleum & Natural Gas Shri R.P.N.Singh informed in the Rajya Sabha in a written reply that a proposal was worked out to restrict the number of cylinders to be supplied at subsidized rate to registered customers of domestic LPG but no final decision was taken yet. He also informed that at present, subsidy on account of Domestic LPG is unlimited, as there is no restriction on the number of refills supplied to a household. He said, some Public Representatives have raised concerns relating to the proposal to restrict the number of subsidized refills, while on the other hand the Standing Committee on Petroleum & Natural Gas (2010-11) on Demands for Grants (2011-12) in its 8th Report has recommended that in order to restrict the increasing burden of subsidy, supply of the Domestic LPG refills should be done away with rich and affluent people with income of Rs.6 lakhs and above per annum, including those holding constitutional posts, public representatives like MPs, MLAs / MLCs. The proposal was placed before the Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) on Under-recoveries of the Oil Marketing Companies for consideration, in its meeting held on 8th August, 2011, however, the item was deferred.

The Minister also informed that the public sector Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) have instructed their distributors to effect the supply of LPG cylinder to genuine registered domestic customers within 48 hours of refill booking, under normal circumstances.