Delhi hikes cap on subsidised LPG cylinders for BPL families to 12

After the union government bowed to popular demand and raised the number of subsidised cooking gas cylinders available to a family from six to nine a year last Thursday, the Delhi government today went a step further – it has raised the subsidised LPG entitlement for BPL (below poverty line) card holders and other marginalised sections to 12 a year.

The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, as part of the 'kerosene-free programme' of the Delhi government.

Three more subsidised cylinders above the centrally mandated nine would be given to BPL, Antyodya and JRC cardholders.

The state government will bear the cost of subsidy on the additional cylinders.

The Delhi government had in November itself decided to provide nine subsidised LPG cylinders annually to around 3.56 lakh poor families identified under kerosene-free Delhi scheme, which has now been increased to 12, sources said.

In September, the Centre had decided that each household will get six cylinders of 14.2-kg per annum at the subsidised rate and any requirement beyond that would have to be procured at market rate.

Under the Kerosene-Free Delhi scheme, launched in August, the state government provides free gas stoves, cylinder and regulator to all families covered under BPL, Antyodaya Anna Yojna and Jhuggi Ration Card.