Oil and Petroleum Minister M Veerappa Moily has said that Aadhar card will not be made mandatory for LPG subsidy until Supreme Court approves it. He said reporters that Aadhaar is only an identity proof and we cannot make it mandatory until SC gives green signal to it. It is obvious that government has made Aadhar card mandatory for availing LPG subsidy in 19 districts. Petroleum Ministry is working on implementing DBT for LPG subsidy in 97 districts of the country. Its main objective is to stop leakage in the existing system. Aadhar card is being used the process of direct benefit transfer scheme. SC in its interim order said that Aadhar number cannot be made mandatory for availing any government scheme or service.
Government should clarify few issues: Yashwant Sinha
The head of the standing committee on finance and BJP leader Yashwant Sinha has said that the bill approved by the cabinet should be referred to them once again as the approved one has been altered from its original content. He added that besides sending the bill to the committee, government also needs to clarify few important issues on the bill before introducing in the Parliament.
LPG consumers reluctant in linking Aadhaar in Faridabad
LPG consumers in Faridabad are not showing interest in linking their Aadhaar with bank account. Till now only 13000 LPG consumers have linked their Aadhaar with their gas agencies while there are about 4.25 lakh LPG consumers in the district. Administration has issued special instructions to gas agencies to inform consumers about rules and regulations. Balraj Singh Mor told that a meeting of all gas agencies managers was called on Friday.
LPG-DBT scheme forces consumers to pay more money in Ranchi
Implementation of DBT LPG subsidy in Ranchi has caused more trouble for the consumers. The scheme has forced the people to pay Rs. 32.50 more for an LPG cylinder and this money is going into the accounts of state government. At present a person is paying Rs. 437.50 for the refill of a LPG cylinder. Those who have seeded their Aadhaar number will have to pay market price of Rs. 1099 for a cylinder after which subsidy amount of Rs. 629 is transferred into his Aadhaar linked bank account. The new process forces consumer to pay Rs. 470 for a cylinder which is Rs. 32.50 more than what he was paying in the previous system. This excess money is the result of 5% VAT applicable in the system. The scheme is operational in five districts at present but is expected to be extended in the entire state by April next year. There are about 13 lakh LPG consumers in the entire state of Jharkhand.