Extended LPG subsidy may not help many

Half of possible beneficiaries do not have connections.

Only 20 per cent of yellow ration card-holders and 80 per cent of saffron card-holders are likely to benefit from the state government largesse of extending the LPG subsidy from six to nine cylinders. The remaining do not have LPG connections.

The government is still working out how to transfer the benefit and may settle for the bank account mode, for which details would be sought from beneficiaries.

"Beneficiaries would be asked to submit details of bank accounts to transfer subsidy amount. About 1.21 crore card-holders stand to benefit," said Bhagwan Sahai, principal secretary, food and civil supplies department.

The state cabinet had granted in-principal approval on Wednesday to three additional subsidised LPG cylinders, over and above the six Centre is giving, to families holding yellow (income below Rs 15,000 per annum) and saffron (below Rs 1 lakh) ration cards and having LPG connections.

The benefit is subject to cylinders consumed last year.

Government officials said only 1.21 crore of the 2.02 crore holding the aforesaid cards would benefit as the remaining did not have LPG connections. They indicated the decision would be implemented next year.

As per a BPL survey and definitions of 1997, the state has 66 lakh yellow ration card-holders and 1.36 crore saffron card-holders.

The government is hoping a socio-economic survey started in October 2011 and expected to be completed by March next year would provide accurate and revised data on BPL families and LPG connections.

Decision and disconnect

Government officials said only 1.21 crore of the 2.02 crore holding yellow and saffron ration cards would benefit from the government decision to extend LPG subsidy as the remaining did not have connections

They indicated the decision would be implemented next year.

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