Jan 31 deadline looms, those without Aadhaar ID will have to pay market price for LPG

Pune

"After the grace period is over, there is bound to be chaos at all the agencies," said Vijay Bhave, a member of the LPG agencies' association.

Some oil company officials said in all probability, as has been done in other states, the grace period might be extended by another month. While residents are up in arms against the directive calling it a blatant violation of Supreme Court orders, the ministry has directed to continue with the project to link Aadhaar to LPG subsidy.

"While the SC has said Aadhaar is not compulsory, the oil ministry says it is compulsory. Is oil ministry above the SC? The government had said the drive was to make things easier for consumers, it cannot be made compulsory," said Neethi Goyal, a resident who is awaiting her Aadhaar card.

Other citizens too voiced their concern. Ravi Kumar, who has recently shifted to Pune from Andhra Pradesh, said even as PILs had been filed in the matter, the oil companies have not changed their stand. "The cost of non-subsidised cylinders is so high...the government needs to intervene," he said.

Under the scheme, as soon as domestic LPG consumers with Aadhaar link book the first subsidised cylinder, the subsidised amount is transferred to their specified bank account, before the cylinder is delivered. On the delivery of the first subsidised cylinder, the next subsidy gets transferred to the account, which is available for the purchase of the next subsidised cylinder at market rate.

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